April, 2009 – Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera Loses; Firefox, Chrome Gains

By | May 11, 2009 | 17 Comments


Despite Internet Explorer 8 release, it continues to lose its market share, this time it fell by 0.72, from 66.82% to 66.10%.

Firefox continues healthy market share growth, this time it increased by 0.43, from 22.05% to 22.48%.

After some hype over Safari 4 Beta, previous month its market share fell by 0.02, from 8.23% to 8.21%.

With more aggressive Chrome promotions all over the web (and soon TV), this browser increased its market share by 0.19, from 1.23% to 1.42%.

Third time in a row, Opera‘s market share keeps falling. This time it fell by 0.02, from 0.70% to 0.68%.

Opera Mini still got 0.07% of the market share.

Source: HitsLink


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  • Grrblt

    Please use http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-ww-monthly-200903-200904 instead. Netapplications lies.

  • mabdul

    please change the titles in [Stats: 2009-04] Blubb

    and this to every month. is better for the index in the rss news reader. thx

  • Ledz

    @Grrblt

    Why do you say Net applications lies?

  • Dan

    Maybe there should be a poll.

  • Golden Boy

    Because he is Opera fanboy

  • johnnysaucepn

    More to the point, why continue to report statistics without any indication of statistical significance? 0.02% must be within the margin of error of any random sampling of internet traffic.

  • http://www.favbrowser.com Vygantas Lipskas

    What do you mean by margin of error? They don’t guess statistics.

    “The data is compiled from approximately 160 million visitors per month.”

  • Grrblt
  • http://www.favbrowser.com Vygantas Lipskas

    Just because Net App monitors US mostly, doesn’t mean they are liars :-)

  • Emil Ivanov

    Personally I prefer StatCounter stats than NetApplications, but it will be very interesting if we have global data from Google Analytics.

  • wut

    @Vyggie, no, NetApps are liars because they CLAIM to be global but are just about only in the US. That is of course combined with all their other lies.

    They don’t guess statistics.

    Darn right they don’t. They make them up on the spot!

    You are basically willfully passing on lies. That makes you a liar.

  • Nicole

    Net Applications can hardly be considered liars as an industry standard. They collect their data from a network of 40,000 sites worldwide, for a total of 160 million site visitors. This is a statistically significant sample. The sites are skewed towards English-speaking sites, but is by no means limited to that. If you actually took a moment to delve into the stats, you can view the worldwide data.

  • http://www.przyroda.org.pl Sklep Zoologiczny

    Because he is Opera fanboy

    So? He just know what’s good. End.

  • http://naru87.multiply.com/ Ally

    I like IE! It’s High! Hurray! Many people like’s IE!

  • wut

    Net Applications can hardly be considered liars as an industry standard.

    On the contrary, liars cannot be considered to be an industry standard. If we rely on liars as an “industry standard”, then the industry is screwed.

    They collect their data from a network of 40,000 sites worldwide, for a total of 160 million site visitors. This is a statistically significant sample.

    No it isn’t. It is not a representative sample because the selection method is invalid. Besides, StatCounter has an even bigger sample than Net Applications.

    But perhaps you should go back to school to learn statistics. Just because you have a lot of data doesn’t mean that the data is statistically valid.

    The sites are skewed towards English-speaking sites, but is by no means limited to that.

    Net Applications is almost exclusively focused on the US.

  • ps

    dear @wut

    I have to ask you, but have you ever considered seeking professional help on your mental health? Ammount of hatred in your posts is _way_ above norm. I hope your parent are near to help you.

    [quote]Darn right they don’t. They make them up on the spot!

    You are basically willfully passing on lies. That makes you a liar.[/quote]

    Back on topic. NetApplications have large enough ammount of data to be statistically viable. And (even) if they are biased, and rely too much on US market, the trend that can be seen is rather clear. Opera (as I think this is your problem) is _NOT_ gaining market share (not users, share) at a speed you’d like to see. This is hardly surprising given they are loosing (or lost?) browser war already.

    The same fact can be drawn from whatever stat gathering site you can choose. Just because this _is_ exactly like it is – Opera is stagnant when it comes to market share, and hyperagressive rhetorics (and baseless acusations, etc) is not going to change, and even if, then for worse, because you are _revolting_ example of Opera user/ambassador.

    • que

      What, he needs to seek mental health for sharing a few actual facts amongh the rampant and frankly pointless speculation?

      NA do not have enough data to be statistically viable. And even if they did, their sample is not representative. And even if it was, they have been caught numerous times lying and manipulating data.

      Opera IS gaining market share. According to StatCounter, Opera had 1.4% worldwide a year ago. Now it has more than 3%. And the best part is that the 3% figure adds up if you compare Opera’s 40 million desktop users to the total number of people online according to various analysts.

      In Europe, Opera had 3-4% a year ago. Now more than 8%.

      Opera is stagnant when it comes to market share

      As I have shown, this is a lie. Stop relying on Net Applications.