Net Applications recently released its latest statistics regarding the market share positions of the major Web browsers which showed no surprises. In fact, it was more of the same. No eyebrows were raised this time.
Below are the figures for December 2010:
- Internet Explorer: 56.00 – 57.08 = 1.08
- Firefox: 22.75 – 22.81 = 0.06
- Chrome: 10.70 – 9.98 = 0.72
- Safari: 6.30 – 5.89 = 0.41
- Opera: 2.28 – 2.23 = 0.05
- Others: 1.98 – 2.01 = 0.03
Microsoft Internet Explorer is again on a free fall losing 1.03 percent in December. They have been spilling red ink all over the page and nobody seems to know how to reverse the trend. Last year 2010 they lost 4.65 percent which is overwhelming considering a powerful giant like Microsoft. Their current market share is only 56.00 percent and falling.
Specifically from December to January, Mozilla Firefox stayed flat at 22.75. The sparkle in their eyes have disappeared and the desired goal of attaining the landmark of 25 percent global market share is only a distant dream nobody seems to remember. I don’t see the excitement of the early years when they went after Microsoft’s Internet Explorer jugular with great success.
Google’s Chrome is consistently gaining round. It now hold a solid second third place with 10.70 percent. They are determined to occupy second place next to Internet Explorer. Every week or so, there are new versions making the software faster and more productive. Chrome is the locomotive needed to move Google’s productivity applications such as Google Docs which has reached critical mass.
Apple Safari has been sailing under clear blue skies. They are fourth in line with a solid 6.30 global market share position. The strong sales of the iPhone and the iPad during the Christmas Holidays were a shot in the arm for Safari. I’m sure it will continue to move forward in the months ahead. In December their market share rose 0.41 percent which is excellent.
Norwegian Opera has kept its ground. They started the year with 2.37 percent market share and finished it with 2.28 percent—almost unscathed. Their real power is within the cellphone and gadgets industry where they are the undisputed leaders of the pack. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re already working on a special browser for the tablets emerging market. They have the expertise to come up with a powerful browser for this lucrative market. Google is burning the midnight oil doing the same thing with their Android software specifically for cellphones and tablets.
Modern browsers are critical to a widespread trend on the Net: the development of increasingly sophisticated Web applications. People are spending ever more time on sites such as Google Docs or Facebook, so the higher performance and elaborate user interfaces enabled by modern browsers play a starring role in people’s satisfaction with the Web.