Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Browser Market Share 2009

The second month of 2oo9 was a tad different than the first one when it comes to browsers stealing users from each other. But we're still seeing the same trends: IE fighting a losing battle to Firefox at the top (less than 51 percentage points difference between them), Safari happily settled down in third place after consistent growth in 2008, Chrome having just enough market share to claim fourth place, and poor Opera struggling in fifth place. In February, Firefox, Chrome and Opera were the only browsers to show any positive growth; first-party browsers IE and Safari both fell.

Between January and February, Internet Explorer support dropped just 0.11 percent (from 67.551 percent to 67.441) and Firefox jumped 0.241 percentage points (from 21.531 percent to 21.771 percent). Safari dipped from 8.291 percent to 8.021 percent while Chrome and Opera barely budged: Chrome gained 0.031 percentage points (1.121 percent to 1.151 percent) while Opera gained a minute 0.011, from 0.701 percent to 0.711 percent.

You can see the market share pie for February 2009, according to Net Applications, at the top of the post. As usual, things at Ars look very different: only Firefox and IE had the same trend on Ars as on the rest of the Web. Safari gained, while Chrome and Opera dropped. Firefox's lead remains unmistakable, and the default browsers for Windows and Mac OS X still show their presence. Chrome's lead over Opera is much more significant at Ars, but this month it did not widen.

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