Major Web Browsers Worldwide Usage – January 2013

Fresh statistics have been released into the wild by Net Applications for January 2013.  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.

  1. Internet Explorer: 55.14 – 54.77 = 0.37 percent
  2. Firefox:  19.94 – 19.82 = 0.12 percent
  3. Chrome:  17.48 – 18.04 = 0.56 percent
  4. Safari:  5.24 – 5.24 = 0.00 percent
  5. Opera:  1.75 – 1.71 = 0.04 percent
  6. Others:  0.45 – 0.42 = 0.03 percent


Every month I’m curious to see how the Masters of the Universe performed the previous months.  Some months are unexpected surprises, others are more of the same.  Microsoft Internet Explorer’s boat is still sailing full speed ahead.  Its compass has been fixed and the direction is North, propelled by a fierce commercial blitzkrieg promoting Windows 8, Microsoft Surface and Microsoft Office 2013.   Last month Internet Explorer plunged forward 0.37 percentage points—from 54.77 to 55.14—compared with 53.83 points ten months ago.  Over the years, Microsoft have proved to its competitors that they know how to hold their ground.  The numbers are speaking loud and clear.  Microsoft wants to stay in the game…and if possible—win!

Mozilla’s Firefox is fighting tooth and nail to keep its fragile second place.  In January 2013, Firefox staved off the rivals with a walloping 0.12 percentage point gain. After dropping market share for several months, they have been able to put their house in order and are clawing back to a strong second place closely followed by strong competitor Google Chrome.  The red-hot competition between these two behemoths is fascinating to watch.

Google Chrome dipped dramatically last month from 18.04 to 17.48 percent.  That’s a scary drop of 0.56 percent which is huge if you ask me. Google has made three big bets on the future of computing; Chrome (browser), Google Apps (cloud), and Android (mobile). The trends are pretty clear. All the exciting new applications are running in the browser, with application code in the cloud, and the cell phone as the platform….2010 was the year that enterprises of all sizes started their transition to Gmail and Google Apps, and took their first steps towards the vision of the future.  That future might be blurred if Chrome continues to fall behind.  February will be interesting to watch.  I’ll keep you posted.

Apple Safari froze last month.  It didn’t move an inch.  Wall Street is not very happy either.  For some reason, Apple’s shares are dropping in value.  I understand an Apple share is selling for $453.62 which is difficult to understand when they could be had for $702.10 on September 19, 2012.  I wonder what ever happened to Apple’s mojo and the magic of its extraordinary products.

Norwegian Opera remained relatively stagnant in January.  It moved forward a meager 0.04.  The real action is in the mobile and gadgets industry where it’s a serious contender.  I’m sure they are looking closely at the computing tablets market as well.    Good Day.

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