Chrome, Safari taking browser share

Chrome, Safari taking browser share

Summary: Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari web browsers have continued to steal market share from their much larger rivals Internet Explorer and Firefox over the past six months, according to internal ZDNet.com.au statistics.

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Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari web browsers have continued to steal market share from their much larger rivals Internet Explorer and Firefox over the past six months, according to internal ZDNet.com.au statistics.

ZDNet.com.au browser share — June 21 through July 21, 2009
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For the month until 21 July, 5.2 per cent of ZDNet.com.au readers used Chrome, compared with 3.5 per cent for the same monthly period six months ago. 5.9 per cent used Safari, compared with 4.4 per cent six months ago. ZDNet.com.au generally receives several million page impressions each month.

Internet Explorer lost 1.3 per cent to remain in the lead with 50.7 per cent, while Mozilla Firefox also sank 1.8 per cent to reach 37 per cent.

The changing market share could mean that Google has already seen some early success with Chrome, which was first released to the public in September 2008. Just a week after its launch, 3.8 per cent of ZDNet.com.au readers were already using Chrome. At that stage, it similarly appeared that readers had ditched either Firefox or Internet Explorer for Google's offering.

ZDNet.com.au browser share — Dec 21, 2008 through January 21, 2009
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Going back to the same month in 2007, it appears that Safari is maintaining a small but loyal presence amongst ZDNet.com.au readers, with 5.1 per cent using Apple's browser at that stage compared with 5.9 per cent today.

However, the numbers could show that relatively few Windows users have switched to Safari since Apple first released the browser for the Microsoft platform back in June 2007. Over the last two years, Internet Explorer has lost 7.6 per cent of market share, with Firefox gaining 3.7 per cent.

Various companies measure browser share globally. For example, Net Applications' latest report, for the second quarter of 2009, stated that Internet Explorer had 65.85 per cent of the market, compared with Firefox at 22.39 per cent, Safari at 8.46, and Chrome at 1.74. Other sites generally place Firefox and Internet Explorer's portions of the market slightly higher or lower.

ZDNet.com.au browser share — June 21 through July 21, 2007
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The most popular individual browser overall amongst ZDNet.com.au readers is currently Firefox 3.0 at 28 per cent, with versions 7, 8 and 6 of Internet Explorer close behind at 21.5, 15.5 and 13.0 per cent respectively. Firefox 3.5 and Chrome come after with 6.4 and 4.9 per cent each. At least one ZDNet.com.au reader still prefers to use the Lynx text-based browser.

Which browser do you prefer and why?

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  • Chrome/Firefox

    Currently I'm using a mixture of both Chrome and Firefox. I like how much faster Chrome seems to be able to load javascript/AJAX heavy websites.

    I still like all my little add-on gadgets I currently have for my Firefox browser though. So when I'm doing web development and other work related browsing I'll use Firefox. If I just want to read some news on iGoogle or check email or just browse around, I'll use Chrome.
    anonymous
  • Safari/Webkit Nightly Build/Fluid

    I use Safari or a webkit nightly build for general browsing, and have Fluid SSBs for google reader and gmail. I find webkit browsers faster and more stable than any other. I only really use FF for YSlow!
    anonymous
  • iPhone

    Do these stats take iPhone Safari into account? Seems to me that's the best explanation for the rise of Safari.
    anonymous
  • Firefox

    I really like all the others but, as a web developer, I use the developer tools so much it's convenient to just stay in Firefox.

    Of course, no web developer worth his salt would consider using IE for anything but testing for the users on Windows who just don't know any better.
    anonymous
  • Battling with IE

    I have to battle with IE most days because it's what 50% of my web users use. Can't wait for the day Firefox takes over so I can convince myself to change browsers.
    anonymous
  • SAFARI 4 of course!

    Safari 4.0.2 uses the latest WebKit and is very very fast, especially on the Mac.

    I use a Windows laptop for work, and I made sure that Safari was installed. I also have Firefox, IE 8 installed, but can easily say that Safari 4 is sooooo much faster than any of the others!

    But on the Mac, SAFARI 4 is unbelievably fast. Never experienced anything like that before.
    anonymous
  • A bit skewed

    Taking usage data from just a single domain (and one that has a predominately geeky and informed user base) does not reflect whats going on in the 'real world'. IE still has the vast majority of the market share, and niche browsers like Chrome and Safari barely get a look in, and would probably even be below 1% if google didn't install it without asking onto PCs running the nasty Google Updater that gets sneakily installed in with no prompting with everything google makes,. Much like how Apple pushed Safari onto millions of PCs via iTunes without explicitly asking the user's permission with their AppleUpdate tool (another thing that users were not asked if they wanted to install).
    Not that I think they aren't good browsers, but the distribution model that both apple and google used to boost their respective browser shares to begin with is just downright shady.
    It also might be worth noting that the feature sets of all current browsers are remarkably similar, much like the OS market.
    Each browser will do pretty much what most people want no matter who makes it, and in actual performance the speed difference is now so tiny in the majority of browser tasks that no user is going to be able to notice it, not unless they can perceive events in the millisecond timescale.

    The main reason I've not stuck to IE (which has never given me any issue with at all) is the extra flexibility that FF offers via extensions. So far nothing comes close to what FF plus a few addons can do to make life on the web easier and more productive.
    anonymous
  • Impending Doom?

    Google has been very successful at most of the things they've tried.

    Is this another sign that both Apple and Google will steal a larger and larger percentage of Microsoft market share?

    If I were them, I would be worried :)

    http://www.chrome-os-blog.com
    anonymous
  • Browser use

    I have a variety of browsers available to me, but just this week I installed Safari 4.

    I must say I am genuinely impressed with its speed and elegance compared to anything I've used previously.

    I'm pretty sure I'll be using it as my default browser for the foreseeable future.
    anonymous