Safari 5 Places Second to IE 8 in July Stats

The browser wars took a new turn as Apple's Safari 5 browser gained ground in a July survey.

According to Web analytics group Net Applications, Apple's Safari Web browser posted an 8.1 percent jump in market share for the month of July -- the largest one-month increase for that browser. Apple's browser passed Mozilla's browser and Microsoft's newest version of Internet Explorer to hold second place. Net Applications reported Safari 5 use at 11.2 percent, Internet Explorer 9 use at 11.0 percent, while Firefox 5 took fourth place at 9.0 percent use.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 led the pack, with a commanding 33.5 percent market share. Some IE 8 users may be stuck from upgrading, since IE 9 only runs on Windows Vista and Windows 7 OSes. Net Applications analysts believe that this short-term limitation will ultimately play off for Microsoft as Windows XP use declines.

"So what are the usage share ramifications for this decision? Microsoft seems willing to sacrifice usage share in the short term in order to leapfrog the competition in the long run by applying all their resources to modern versions of Windows," Net Applications explained, in a released statement. "Although Windows XP currently has 54% of global usage share, Windows 7 usage share is following a strong, fairly linear path upwards and Windows versions from Vista forward should have a majority share within a couple years."

IE 9 still has a long way to go to meet those expectations. The browser finished the month of July in fifth place among Windows 7 users, with a market share of 3.6 percent. Meanwhile, IE 8 still leads over its younger sibling, with more than half of all Windows 7 users choosing it for their Internet browser.

Internet Browser

Market Share (%) by July End

Internet Explorer 8

Safari 5
Internet Explorer 9
Firefox 5
Internet Explorer 7


Chrome 12


Firefox 3.6
Safari 4


Internet Explorer 6
Firefox 4

Stats courtesy of Net Applications.

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Reader Comments:

Thu, Aug 11, 2011

Appears to be fake safari doesn't have that big a share even by the quoted netmarketshare figures.

Thu, Aug 4, 2011 Erik Noel Nelsen United States

Sorry. It's not the same at all. MS got into trouble for abusing its monopoly with windows by making IE an integral part of the operating system. iTunes is not a monopoly. There are plenty of places to buy on line tunes and video. iPhone is not a monopoly. Plenty of Android and other smart phones are out there. With no monopoly; no abuse. Bundling by itself, however irritating, is not the abuse.

Wed, Aug 3, 2011

I am just wondering where all the clamor is about Safari being bundled with iTunes? iTunes is pretty much REQUIRED if you want to sync anything with an iPhone/iPod/iPad and with Safari bundled in, no wonder they jumped so much. I know my memory is failing in my old age, but didn't Microsoft get sued for bundling it with Windows? I don't really see the difference. I can chose other OS's in theory, just like I can choose not to buy an iWhatever. But if I do choose Windows, I can't have IE installed by default? However no one is complaining that iWhatever REQUIRES iTunes and bundles Safari....Things that make you go hmmmm.....Seriously, this bundling crap has got to stop. I don't care who it is...and to the MS haters - they bundle crap least of all - or don't you know about the Adobe/Chrome crappola issue?

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