Apple's Safari on the rise, up 4.67% since 2006

Over the last few years, Microsoft Internet Explorer has seen huge loses in market share. In the final month of 2008, the trend continued. Internet Explorer has dropped 16% in market share since May of 2006, which has left the door open for other browsers to gain what Internet Explorer has lost. In the month of December 2008, Apple's Safari hit a all-time high closing with 7.93% of the market share. Internet Explorer closed the year with 68.15% of the total market share. The data collected by researchers was collected from 40,000 corporate and e-commerce websites.

While Internet Explorer still holds the biggest majority of the market, if this steep decline continues who will take over the majority of the market? Can Internet Explorer 8 bring back some of the 16% it has lost over the past 2 years? Analysts are skeptical, but only time will tell.

Net Applications' December 2008 Web Browser Stats:
Microsoft Internet Explorer: 68.15% (vs. MAY 2006: 84.20%)
Mozilla Firefox: 21.34% (vs. MAY 2006: 10.55%)
Apple Safari: 7.93% (vs. MAY 2006: 3.26%)
- iPhone: 0.44%
- iPod: 0.08%
Google Chrome: 1.04%
Opera: 0.71%
Netscape: 0.57%
Mozilla: 0.08%
Opera Mini: 0.07%
Playstation: 0.04%
ACCESS NetFront: 0.02%
Blazer: 0.01%
Microsoft Pocket Internet Explorer: 0.01%
BlackBerry: 0.00%

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ncc50446 said,
Its amazing how low Opera's % is...I'm using Opera 10.00 and love it. Just always odd to see how little market share it has.

Over the last few years Opera's share has dropped.

Yeah, Opera has definitely improved a lot recently. However, it still doesn't have the extension support that Firefox does and that is one of the most important factors in browser choice.

However, it still doesn't have the extension support that Firefox does and that is one of the most important factors in browser choice.


What accounts for IE then? I really don't think the general computing public really cares about extensions, or even know what they are. Firefox has become very popular through word of mouth mostly. I know I've told many people about it who now use it who otherwise would still be using IE.

I've tried Opera many times over the years, even back when it cost money but I never quite liked it as much as Firefox. Until now anyway, I recently installed Opera 9.6 and I was really impressed with how much it has improved. Didn't take much tweaking at all to get it the way I want, and the Opera IBIS theme from the Chinese version is beautiful. Not sure why the default theme for the US version has such ugly buttons. Anyway it's now my main browser and Firefox is no longer even installed.

Skyfrog said,
What accounts for IE then?

The fact that it's bundled with Windows, which has the vast majority of the OS market. Firefox is popular largely because of AdBlock Plus, Mouse Gestures (something that Opera pioneered) and FlashGot (for downloading multiple files / Flash videos in just a few clicks). There are many others as well. Firefox also has the best bookmark system and download manager currently.

Opera's great but it's just not enough to make me move from Firefox. I've tried using it recently as my default browser and lasted several weeks (a record) but it just wasn't quite right.

I don't understand why the browser war is still important, it's not like anyone is making money from them or am I missing something. Ok so years ago when sites just used to work with one browser, having a big market share would encourage people to design for yours but now with everyone driving web standards is that really necessary?

Nice way to spin the title towards Apple btw. Noticed FireFox was mentioned in stats only.

excalpius said,
Fanboyism takes many forms, even among submitters and editors...ahem.

Right. Because when there is something positive in the news about Apple (and there has been plenty for quite a while now), it must be "fanboyism."

LTD said,
Right. Because when there is something positive in the news about Apple (and there has been plenty for quite a while now), it must be "fanboyism."

I dont even like apple that much but your right.

It's "spun" towards Apple because it's news. Perhaps also because Safari isn't exactly that great on Windows would also help it qualify as being newsworthy. I'm only speaking from what I hear about Safari on Windows though. Haven't tried it in a long time, but needless to say, I'm scarred for life. :P

Anyhow, we're already aware of Firefox and how far it's come. It's like saying long cat is long or something. We already know.

LTD said,
Right. Because when there is something positive in the news about Apple (and there has been plenty for quite a while now), it must be "fanboyism."


I have to be honest here, when I see your name next to any post in an Apple discussion, I just assume it's fanboyism, your bias knows no limits.

bob_c_b said,
I have to be honest here, when I see your name next to any post in an Apple discussion, I just assume it's fanboyism, your bias knows no limits.

Oh, well that's because I AM an Apple fanboy. That's just how good their stuff is. I don't hide it.

I don't try to feign some sort of mock objectivity in order to win approval with lukewarm and meaningless generalized statements that can apply to everything, such as "it has its advantages and disadvantages." I come out in clear favour of things and I tell you why.

Fences aren't for sitting on.

LTD said,
Oh, well that's because I AM an Apple fanboy. That's just how good their stuff is. I don't hide it.

I don't try to feign some sort of mock objectivity in order to win approval with lukewarm and meaningless generalized statements that can apply to everything, such as "it has its advantages and disadvantages." I come out in clear favour of things and I tell you why.

Fences aren't for sitting on.

And I thank you for that.

LTD said,
Oh, well that's because I AM an Apple fanboy. That's just how good I pretend their stuff is. I don't hide it.

I don't try to feign some sort of mock objectivity in order to win approval with lukewarm and meaningless generalized statements that can apply to everything, such as "it has its advantages and disadvantages." I come out in clear favour of things and I tell you why.

Fences aren't for sitting on.


Fixed that for ya...

GreyWolfSC said,
Fixed that for ya... ;)

In order for me to say the kinds of things I'm saying, I'd have to believe them.

LTD said,
Right. Because when there is something positive in the news about Apple (and there has been plenty for quite a while now), it must be "fanboyism."

when mozilla gains 10.55% but the article's author is dry humping apple's leg over safari's amazing 3.26% gain then yes it's fanboyism.

twist said,
when mozilla gains 10.55% but the article's author is dry humping apple's leg over safari's amazing 3.26% gain then yes it's fanboyism.

We already know FF is popular. Safari, however, has been somewhat of an anomaly on PCs, therefore any news of its increase in popularity/share is noteworthy.

And the overall trends suggested by this article are also very telling. It's a very different tech world from just a few years ago.

excalpius said,
Fanboyism takes many forms, even among submitters and editors...ahem.


And leads to total ignorance amongst many others!

excalpius said,
Fanboyism takes many forms, even among submitters and editors...ahem.


Fanboyism? Hardly. I'm very fair when it comes to reporting news. If you'd like to know the truth, I don't own anything made by Apple. Being fair and non-biased =! fanboy.

Big f'in deal. Statistics can be spun any way you want.
Let's say Safari had a market share of 2% or lets say 3,000 users. Now if 6,000 users downloaded it (even if they didn't use it), Apple could say their market share is up 50% over the last year. All companies spin stats to make them look good.

naap51stang said,
Big f'in deal. Statistics can be spun any way you want.
Let's say Safari had a market share of 2% or lets say 3,000 users. Now if 6,000 users downloaded it (even if they didn't use it), Apple could say their market share is up 50% over the last year. All companies spin stats to make them look good.

You really don't know what your talking about to you. These stats are taken by lots of different websites and look at what the visitors used. These stats are nothing to do with downloads and are independent of any browser company.

In future read article before opening your mouth, you won't look so foolish then.

I didn't see a source in the article but here's one with similar numbers. They have one about Operating System market share too.

The whole iTunes/QuickTime updates "offering" to install Safari doesn't look like it's playing a significant role in Safari's uptake because damn near all of the Safari users are on Mac OS X (96%). I read that as "Apple is gaining a whole whack of new Mac users but still can't make software for Windows that people want to use."

Also interesting was that Linux users out number iPhone users by only 2:1. That's an amazing statistic for any number of reasons: Linux has > 10 years of development slowly pushing it toward the desktop and the iPhone made huge strides in only 2 years. People are actually browsing the web in significant numbers on their iPhone (see blackberry and windows mobile at ~1/100%)

alot of the rise of safari will be because macbooks are so popular, default os is macosx and default browser is safari, its a decent browser, better than i.e but its functionality cant compete with firefox.

"better than i.e." ... and you base this on what? Your personal preference? Market shares? Number of users? Supported sites? Supported third-party plug-ins? Security? Just exactly how do you base your opinion. I use Safari on various Apple products, because I am forced to, but by no means do I believe it is better than Internet Explorer.

bradsday said,
"better than i.e." ... and you base this on what? Your personal preference? Market shares? Number of users? Supported sites? Supported third-party plug-ins? Security? Just exactly how do you base your opinion. I use Safari on various Apple products, because I am forced to, but by no means do I believe it is better than Internet Explorer.

You my sir, are an ignorant fool. IE is a hole-ridden, ugly-looking monster. Haven't you read about all the vulnerabilities and exploits within IE?
And if IE 6 was available for Mac, would you actually install it?

Nice, anything to wear down IE6's market-share is a plus in my eyes.

One thing that I did notice however, is that Google Chrome is beating Opera and in comparison to how long Opera has been out, that's sad. I guess Chrome just builds in more originality and being Google does pretty much help regardless...

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