New browser usage statistics are out for January from Net Applications. Net Applications accumulates data from 160 million monthly visitors to its network of hosted Web sites statistics. It’s currently the most reliable source of information pertaining to Web browser’s market share performance.
Internet Explorer, which has been the market share king for many years now, has been falling steadily since the launch of Mozilla Firefox.
Firefox, on the other hand, has been growing continuously, reaching 21.53 percent market share. Safari holds its strong third place spot, and sees increasing numbers as well at 8.29 percent.
The Mozilla Firefox Internet Web browser has continued to take market share away from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. A recent report shows that the Mozilla browser is growing so much, it could threaten IE8. The report was published by Net Applications which indicates steady growth for Firefox which could threaten the next version of IE.
According to the Web metrics provider, Microsoft’s browser market share has declined by more than 7.25 percent since March 2008. The browser held a 67.55 percent market share in January—its lowest in years.
Internet Explorer’s downfall could be as a result of a critical security vulnerability in November and December which took Microsoft engineers longer to patch. This vulnerability was serious enough that it allowed hackers to take control of a user’s computer. However, Microsoft confirmed that consumers didn’t report any successful exploit attempts to IE.
By contrast, Mozilla Firefox’s market share rose 0.19 of a percentage point from December and has climbed almost four percent since March 2008 to reach 21.53 percent in January.
Apple’s Safari browser has also been chipping away at Internet Explorer’s market share for months. Since March 2008, Safari’s market share has grown more than two percent to a 8.29 percent share in January.
However, Safari’s rising market share is almost entirely due to the rising sales of Mac computers, which ship with Safari. According to Net Applications, the Mac operating system’s share of the computer market has risen 2.45 percent since March. On the other hand, Microsoft Windows lost 3.31 percent during the last ten months.
Even Google’s Chrome browser, which debuted in early September, exceeded one percent for the first time in December. Among the world’s top five Web browsers, only Opera appears to be going nowhere. Opera’s market share has hovered around the 0.7 percent mark since February. However, truth be told, Opera is doing extremely well in the mobile and gadgets domain, being a leader in those market segments.
These are the stats Net Applications published for January 2009:
Each browser has three figures. The first figure is January market share performance expressed in percentages, the second figure represents December market share also in percentages, and the third figure is the difference between January and December. Red means a decrease and green an increase in market share for that particular browser. Here we go.
- Internet Explorer: 67.55%, 68.18%, 0.60%
- Firefox: 21.53%, 21.34%, 0.19%
- Safari: 8.29%, 7.93%, 0.36%
- Chrome: 1.12%, 1.04%, 0.08%
- Opera: 0.70%, 0.71%, 0.01%
- Netscape: 0.57%, 0.57%, 0.00%
- Others: 0.24%, 0.26%, 0.02%
Netscape challenges logic. Even though it has no customer support form AOL, it retains loyalists in its camp. I appreciate brand loyalty for a legendary software which paved the way for the rest of the browsers during the early days of the Internet.
In a nutshell, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari are the clear winners for January 2009. Good Day.
Source: Top Browser Share Trend – Net Applications