Fresh statistics have been released into the wild by Net Applications for September 2012. Net Applications’ statistics are based on the activity of about 160 million visitors per month to Web sites using its services.
These are the latest figures on the performance of the behemoths of the Internet as far as web browsing is concerned.
- Internet Explorer: 53.63 – 53.60 = 0.03 percent
- Firefox: 20.08 – 20.05 = 0.03 percent
- Chrome: 18.86 – 19.13 = 0.27 percent
- Safari: 5.26 – 5.10 = 0.16 percent
- Opera: 1.62 – 1.58 = 0.04 percent
- Others: .56 – 0.54 = 0.02 percent
There is a huge surprise in September. Microsoft Internet Explorer’s boat has its rudder stuck and the boat is almost at a standstill. It moved a mere 0.03 percent forward. When all versions are taken into account, IE still leads the overall market with 53.63 percent of usage in September, with Firefox in second place at 20.08 percent global market share.
Mozilla’s Firefox is fighting tooth and nail to retain its fragile second place. It staved off the rivals with a 0.03 percentage point gain. That’s not much, but it’s a stronger showing than the steady losses that Firefox has experienced since reaching its high-water mark of 24.7 percent of usage in November 2009. My gut feeling is that soon they will have to move to a third place ceding its position to robust Google Chrome. If, and that’s a big if, Google is able to put its house in order.
Google Chrome has lost its compass. Instead of flying North it is navigating in the opposite direction. I have no idea what is going on with this juggernaut. It is doing well with its Android operating system, search engine business and commercial ads. Its shares are selling for $756.99 each in the stock market, making it the most expensive share in this exclusive group. Still scratching my head trying to understand the big slide backwards of 0.57 percent in September–that’s almost one third of a point. Surprise, surprise.
Apple Safari is the big winner last month. It gained 0.16 percentage points in September—the highest of the year. The acceptance of the iPad tablet worldwide is indisputable and this success is favorably affecting the spread of Safari. This means more users of Safari and a better a market share position in the future. The success of the recent launch of the Apple iPhone 5 has also had a halo effect on this sudden sprint forward. At this pace, Apple Inc. will soon be a trillion dollar market cap company. I’ll bet Steve Jobs has a great smile on his face wherever he is. Tim Cook is also a very happy man, as well as his competent group of elves.