November, 2011: Google Chrome Share Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down

By | December 2, 2011 | 51 Comments

With just one month left before the end of 2011, it’s time to check the latest stats for the browsers market share.

Falling below 50% last time, Internet Explorer is now down from 49.58% to 48.95% (0.63 point decrease).

Despite regaining some of its market share on October, Firefox is nearing towards 20% level, down from 21.20% to 20.58% (0.62 point decrease).

Soon to cross paths with Firefox, Google Chrome continues its dominant uptrend, up from 16.59% to 16.90% (0.31 point increase).

Gaining market share for many months, this time Safari has lost some of it, climbing down from 8.54% to 8.35% (0.19 point decrease).

Just like Firefox, it looks like Opera is stuck in the never ending downtrend as its share has also decreased from 1.49% to 1.45% (0.04 point decrease).

That’s all for today, folks.

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  • Everybody

    Money, money, money…

  • Saex Conroy

    whats up with the stupid colors on the legend?!

    IE is blue .. thats okay

    why is:

    Firefox  green
    Chrome  red
    Safari orange
    Opera ltblue ?????

    shouldnt it be:

    Firefox orange
    Chrome green
    Safari grey
    Opera red ????

    • daPhyre

      Very true!!

      If they want to keep their colors, a more logic order would be
      Firefox – yellow
      Chrome – green
      Safari – ltblue
      Opera – red

      For what I see, they are using an “RGB” independent order, but makes no true logic :S

      • Sarjoor

        This graph comes from NetMarketShare.  You should complain about the colors to

        • Saex Conroy

          show me their comment section and then i will

        • Mikah

          Visited your link then a link to Desktop Browser Share & the Opera Link.
          The figures are different It shows Opera as having 1.55% down from 1.56% in October. ?
          Opera may be losing market share but due to the very rapid growth of Global Internet users they are still growing their Desktop users.

  • downtrend

    “Just like Firefox, it looks like Opera is stuck in the never ending downtrend”

    July: 1.66%
    August: 1.67%
    September: 1.72%
    October: 1.81%November: 1.82%
    July: 2.3%
    September: 2.7%

    Downtrend? Really???

    Bonus: Mobile:

    • Saex Conroy

      it will never reach 10% no matter what

      • downtrend

        Never reach 10%. Really!


        Russia, desktop:

        Worldwide, mobile:

        Never 10%? Is that so…

        • Saex Conroy

          worldwide desktop

          for mobile is good, but for desktop it sucks

          • downtrend

            Opera has 10% desktop market share and then some in numerous countries. The countries that it only has 2-3% in dominate the stats and give you a misleading impression.

          • Mikah

            A poor workman often blames his tools, perhaps Opera’s too complicated for you.

          • Saex Conroy

            or perhaps lacks too many features and the addons are incomplete

            and forgot to add how many websites opera is still incompatible with

          • Mikah

            “Opera lacks too many features ! ”
            Try downloading Opera & have a look yourself at how many features it has,
            check out all the links on the page .
            Three of my favorite features Mail, Notes & Panels are not even mentioned .

            Google search makes it so easy to find information these days I suggest you start using it before posting rubbish.

          • You are a NOOB

            Try again, bitch

      • Mikah

        What do use to predict the future tealeaves,tarot cards or perhaps a crystal ball ?

  • Tiago Sá

    The time of browser choice as come and gone. Now people just use whatever is shoved in their face. If I were to receive a penny for every person I find that uses Google Chrome and doesn’t really know why…

    Well, I’d have five or six pence…

    • Maxim

      If I was getting a penny every time I find a person that uses Firefox and doesn’t really know why…

      • Anonim

         you wouldn’t have one penny. chrome is only used, because google has money, and can advertise a lot. and lies in those ads: seriously? what kind of fucking website loads from footer to header? (obvious lie) of course some of these may be possible, but only from disc cache (and here the question of hardware arises). http will never transfer a whole websites (full of images like on in less than 1000ms

        • Asknobody

          Avarage users never installed FF. NEVER. It’s a myth that average users love FF. They hate it. And always did. Just FF sucked less than IE, and now Chrome is so much better laternative for average user than FF, that it’s funny how FF still have so much market, but FF is doomed to have market share equal to Linux

          • Qwerty

            Bull shit.

        • Maxim

          You might be, just might be the most clue less person on the internet.

    • Anonymous

      If I had a penny for Everytime someone senselessly bashes someone else’s beliefs …

      • Mikah

        I’d settle for .001% of a penny and still be rich.

        • Anonymous

          Rich as in personality, full of life or rich as in “I have a lot of money, what is a penny”?

          • Mikah

            Loads of money.
            Penny is the lowest denomination coin in Britain = one hundredth of a pound, the US equivalent would be a cent. 

          • Anonymous

            Sorry you misunderstood.

            You understood the first part.

            If the answer was loads of money “So whats a penny, when I have load of cash”

            Didnt want a definition.

            Come to think of it, you like to define a lot of things here.

            Do you work as a scholar/teacher or something?

          • Mikah

            If I had a penny “Every time someone” multiplied by majority of global population multiplied by how many times each person “senselessly bashes someone else’s beliefs”
            Left education at 15 but if you have an open mind you never stop learning.

          • Anonymous

            If I had a penny (actually I’ll say cent) for every person that lacks a sense of humour.

            Whom takes every word literally.

            Whom becomes ignorant even with a degree; I’ll treat every person to a 3 course meal daily.

  • Sitter

    I hope when IE10 and Windows 8 will be released Microsoft will regain market that was lost over the years…

    • Mikah

      Why would anyone wish for that ? 

      • Sarjoor

        To have good diversity, competition and choice for browsers.  And because IE9 and IE10 are great, very standards-compliant, and user friendly browsers!

        • Geek

          To have a good diversity, there is no need for MS to regain market. They can have about 20%

        • TiRANiD

          LOL! What?? *FACEPALM*

        • Mikah

          very standard compliant is that why they use ActiveX 
          user friendly ? you have to be joking. 
          Try adding as many search engines as you can  to IE 9 from this list

          Most browsers can use all of them. 

      • Anonymous

        Maybe you should take your own advice and try ie first

        • Mikah

          I have IE 9 on my PC & have tried adding alternative search engines & mostly failed.
          Some search engines  that you are not allowed to use in IE 9 include

          • Mikah

            don’t know what happened then had the search engines on separate lines.
            dogpile, duckduckgo, gigablast, metacrawler & WebCrawler

          • Anonymous

            Im sorry but aren’t those all multi search engines. Why do you need all of that?

          • Mikah

            duckduckgo is not multi search & does not collect or share personal information.

          • Mikah

            You should watch this video on how search filters used by Google and some other search engines can isolate you in your own filter bubble.

          • Anonymous

            Yes I know this.

            What is the point if I get information that is not localised.

            I do not live in America.

            The web seems it is built upon Americas Ideology’s. Everything is tailored towards the states.

            I just bought a 4S here outright.

            You know all that cool siri features like “I am hungry” and spits out “oh you can eat here and here”

            What I get is “Sorry. I can only look for businesses in the US and when you are using american english”

            One feature down from $1000AU

            I like having local news on the google page when I search something. Ok so I might not get all the american stuff. Cool. It bears no relevance anyway. 

            This isn’t strictly filtering. I can easily change to american english and it will fetch me stuff from the us albiet the location based stuff

          • Anonymous
  • Hector Macias Ayala

    I dont give a damn for what freaking marketshare Opera has, its got an impressive mail client nobody else will ever offer to me, besides many many other goodies.

    • TiRANiD

      So damn right.

    • Anonymous

      Oh yes, I agree completely! :)  Opera’s pretty awesome regardless of how many people use it.  As long as they keep developing it, I’ll continue to use it as my default browser.

      • Mikah

        I’ll always have a soft spot for Opera but if another browser is better I’ll use that, don’t expect it to happen anytime soon though.

  • Rohit Pahari

    This is bad…..I absolutely ♥ the Opera browser, but hate the lack of good extensions and themes. In these days of hardware acceleration and benchmark battles, people seem to forget how important good add-ons are for the browser’s popularity. If this trend goes on for one more year, then I guess it’s adios Opera for PC.

    • downtrend

      Trend? Opera has gotten 20% more active users on desktop since last year. It’s been consistently growing since the ads were removed.

      What are you talking about?

      It’s still growing, regardless of flawed stats.

  • Mikah

    Statcounter global desktop browsers shows Opera in December 2010 had a 2.07% share which has a steady decline to 1.66% in July 2011 & then has a steady rise to 1.93% in December 2011

    Question for Vygantas , is the NetMarketShare data Global or for a region ?

  • Armin

    Firefox dropping as much as IE isn’t good news to me. :/