Safari's browser market share tops 4 percent

An article at Switch To A Mac cites statistics indicating that Safari Market Share Rises to 4.03 Percent - Up 45 Percent Year Over Year (via Surfin' Safari). According to the story Safari's growth rate has slowed slightly over the last few months, but continuously increasing market share with over 45 percent compared to the same month last year is fantastic.

The stats for 456 Berea Street are a little different. The numbers I'll mention are all from AWStats. In November Safari had a share of 5.8 %, which is actually a decrease from the last few months. The percentage of Mac users has also decreased slightly to 13 %, so that is the likely explanation for Safari's dip.

IE 7 is already grabbing a piece of the Internet Explorer share, with 23.6 % of Internet Explorer users during November. Firefox is the number one browser at 50.2 %, Internet Explorer is second with 35.6 % of users, and Safari comes in at third place.

Speaking of browsers and market share, it's interesting to note that the number of Firefox users has increased on sites with a much broader audience than Web developer sites such as this. One of our clients, a government agency, has seen Internet Explorer's share drop from around 95 % to just over 80 % during the past year. Other large client sites display similar trends.

I really hope that Internet Explorer 7 does not lure a large number of people into switching back to an inferior browser. The Web needs a diverse and competitive browser eco system to prevent those who do not care about universality from going back to creating IE-only websites.

Posted on December 5, 2006 in Quicklinks, Browsers