Fresh statistics have been released into the wild by Net Applications for October 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.
- Internet Explorer: 58.22 – 57.80 = 0.42 percent
- Firefox: 18.70 – 18.60 = 0.10 percent
- Chrome: 15.42 – 15.96 = 0.54 percent
- Safari: 5.84 – 5.77 = 0.07 percent
- Opera: 1.42 – 1.47 = 0.05 percent
- Others: 0.41 – 0.40 = 0.01 percent
Last month’s figures look very much like a Halloween movie, bleeding everywhere except in Microsoft’s and Mozilla’s camp, which was full of exotic verdure. Internet Explorer gained a walloping 0.42 percent global market share and Firefox inched forward gaining 0.10 percent which is a good sign that things are improving for this venerable player. Month by month they are consolidating second place in the tortuous race of web browsers.
Google Chrome has lost its momentum lagging behind Firefox in third place. It lost considerable market share last month—an impressive loss of 0.54 percentage points. Maybe they have been too busy looking into their mobile toys, self driving cars or their computer glasses. Whatever the reason, they are losing their charm in the web browsers’ arena, and it sure is not good for them. Browsers are the conduits to the powerful cloud floating above the world of technology.
Apple Safari is not doing to well either. Even though they are doing fine with a revamped line of iPads, iPhones and operating systems; their global market share in desktops are sliding continuously backwards. The acceptance of the iPad worldwide is indisputable and this success should trickle down to Safari. This means more Safari users and a better global market share position in the future—so the theory goes. In the real world, who knows?