Major Web Browsers Market Share for January 2009

New browser usage statistics are out for January from Net ApplicationsNet 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.

  1. Internet Explorer: 67.55%, 68.18%, 0.60%
  2. Firefox: 21.53%, 21.34%, 0.19%
  3. Safari: 8.29%, 7.93%, 0.36%
  4. Chrome: 1.12%, 1.04%, 0.08%
  5. Opera: 0.70%, 0.71%, 0.01%
  6. Netscape: 0.57%, 0.57%, 0.00%
  7. 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

3 thoughts on “Major Web Browsers Market Share for January 2009”

  1. Where is Flock? I use it sometimes myself but really like Chrome if they had a better way to keep bookmarks open. Otherwise you go through two or three steps to open them and click one and the list closes. Unless there is a Windows way to keep it open that then would be my biggest complaint about it.

  2. Hello Abe:

    Flock is a specialized Web browser intentionally designed to keep you in close contact with your friends. It’s what you would call a social browser. The only one of its kind that I know of.

    Many people don’t like it because it causes distraction and want to concentrate in what they’re doing and not constantly reading what other people are doing.

    I love Flock. It’s my default browser. But that’s me. Its global market share is almost negligible.

    Chrome is great for speed and simplicity. I don’t use too many bookmarks, so that isn’t a problem for me. I mostly use my bookmarks tool bar and click them when I need them. Easy and simple.

    Firefox is all what you want it to be. Extensions are endless.

    Those are my three favorite browsers in that order; Flock, Chrome and Firefox.

    Thanks for dropping by Abe. It’s always nice to hear from you.

    Take care,


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