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Safari popularity growing, market share up

updated 03:30 pm EST, Fri December 2, 2005

Safari popularity growing

Apple's Safari Web browser has continued to grow in popularity, currently holding --up 1.22 percent since December of 2004. Apple's browser gained .22 percent market share since last month, steadily climbing as internet surfers turn to more secure browsers and platforms. Safari is currently the third most popular Web browser with over double the number of users that Netscape touts, according to Net Applications. Safari still trails behind Firefox, an open-source surfing solution distributed by the Mozilla Foundation that currently holds 8.84 percent of the browser market. Microsoft Internet Explorer continues to dominate with 86.08 percent market share.

by MacNN Staff




  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Those stats seems extremely high for IE. Between all of my web sites, some techy and some totally untechy, MSIE use is anywhere between 60 and 40%. Significantly lower than the 86% mentioned above.

  1. outZider

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You say this every time something like this comes up. Face it, you do not own a major web site. This is aggregate data from high traffic web sites.

  1. lazarus001

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Well the site that reports those figures doesn't release acutal figures which imo isn't very good reporting. Also if you look where they get the stats from they use thier very own on demand network of 40k URLs. No names, no commonly visited sites, no nothing. Those figures could mean anything. Heck they could come from one weenie with 40k domain names parked. Really these figures are completely useless and actually are very much off from other reports.

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Regardless of the quality of the sample, the fact that Safari's share of that sample has doubled in a year is an interesting fact. That either indicates a lot of people upgrading to Tiger and deciding they can work with Safari OR a lot of people switching to Macs. Or a bit of both.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: change

    Or it could be that Safari is finally decent enough that people don't have to use change the user agent of Safari to say its IE.

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I just wish Apple would Speed Safari up a bit more. I shouldn't have to clean up my favicon cache to load a page quicker.

    Why is IE faster on a PC? Why is Firefox so much faster on a Linux box (or pretty much anything).

    I don't want to be slammed for calling this into question because I use Safari anyway (I like it. It's clean and works well). But please, Apple, give us that extra boost!

    Any experts in the field know why this is?

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