Safari Market Share Rises to 4.03 Percent - Up 45 Percent Year Over Year

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By: switchtoamac at: 6:17 AM on December 1, 2006 | Comments (6)

According to data collected by Market Share, Apple Computer's Safari Web browser continues to gain market share as its use continues to rise.  Safari continues to rank as third most used browser trailing only Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox.

In November 2005, Safari's market share as measured by Market Share (Net Applications) was 2.78 percent.  In November 2006, Safari's market share comes in at 4.03 percent. To view Safari's growth over the past year, click here.  The rise from 2.78 to 4.03 represents a year-over-year growth of 45 percent (rounded to the nearest whole percent, actual rise is 44.96 percent) for the month of November.

Month to Month Comparison
Safari experienced a 2.5 percent increase from October 2006 rising from 3.93 percent 4.03 percent in October 2006.  The 45 percent growth in November 2006 was lower than the 53 percent year-over-year growth for October 2006.  It was also lower than the 48 percent increase for September 2006 and the 46 percent increase for August 2006.  It's a clear sign that the growth rate slowed in November.

The continued Safari usage increase can be used as a metric to track the increase in the number of Mac users.  Note that Safari Mac OS X's default Internet browser.  It's a well know fact that numerous OS X users rely on other browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Camino.  As a result, the Safari data is likely to under represent the actual growth of Mac users.

Internet Explorer Continues Decline
Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser has fallen 6.32 percent year-over-year falling from 86.10 percent in November 2005 to 80.65 percent in November 2006.  This outpaced the 6 percent and 5.5 percent falls year-over-year for October and September respectively.

Firefox Continues to Grow
Mozilla's Firefox browser is up 52.7 percent year-over-year rising from 8.84 percent to 13.5 percent over the same period.  This outpaced the 51 percent growth for October.

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6 Reader Comments

though i am german i know that this is not correct english: "Apple Computer's Safari Web browser continues to gain market share as it's use continues to rise."
it must be "... its use continues..." not "it's"

sorry for the bean counting...

otherwise good article

Sorry about the typo! It has been corrected.

I have been using firefox for ever. Version .07 or there abouts. One thing I wish that safari had is the drop down search engines like fire fox. I do find that pages seem to render faster in safari and one website I use in business works far better in safari than fire fox.

Does any one make an ad on to safari for drop
down search engines?

Greg

Greg:

Enhancing Safari: http://pimpmysafari.com/

AcidSearch might do what you want:
http://www.pozytron.com/acidsearch

Acroding to my publically available stats, Apple machines only rate 3% of all browsers so how can there be more safari users than mac users?
http://www.thecounter.com/stats/2006/December/browser.php

Apple should start thinking about releasing Safari for Windows if they really want their marker share to increase.

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