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Firefox gains share in Aug. at IE's expense

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Tue September 1, 2009

Net Apps Web Share Aug 09

Mozilla's Firefox browser cut significantly into Microsoft's market share of web browsers in August, data from Net Applications shows. Its increase to 22.98 percent of the market wasn't an absolute high but resulted in Internet Explorer reaching an all-time low of 66.97 percent, a sharp fall from 67.68 percent just a month earlier. Other browsers also made inroads, as Google Chrome climbed to 2.84 percent (fourth place) and Opera rose slightly to 2.04 percent (fifth place).

Apple's Safari was the only browser to remain flat with its share at exactly 4.07 percent (third place) for the second consecutive month. It's possible this figure will change significantly as the launch of Mac OS X Snow Leopard at the end of August will lead to Safari being the default platform on more systems and others choosing it over competitors for speed and features specific to the 64-bit OS. A similar effect may occur for Microsoft in October, when Windows 7 ships.

Unusually, operating system share on the web was virtually flat in August as Apple and Microsoft alike gained very small amounts.

by MacNN Staff



  1. LGgeek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    still firefox over safari

    "..the launch of Mac OS X Snow Leopard at the end of August will lead to Safari being the default platform on more systems.."

    nope unless the new version of safari is open and allows addons I will still use Firefox on my Macs.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Or if any of these browsers can work with ActiveX sites. Mostly business, government, vertical markets. If it can't do that, then Internet Explorer will always lead and rule the browsing market.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    snow leopard?

    How in the world can Snow Leopard magically lead to Safari being the default? It was already the default on all Leopard systems. And all tiger systems before that.

  1. sgirard

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I wonder how much of the IE number is IE6? If you remove that version from the mix, you will get a better idea of the number of people who actually care what browser they are using.

  1. Penguirl

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Since Netscape is no longer supported, does the 0.49% represent Sea Monkey, Camino, etc… or are there still that many people using a browser whose support was dropped years ago?

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