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

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September, 2011: Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari Share Up; Internet Explorer - Down

It is October already and there’s no time to waste. So, let’s dive into the latest browsers market share results and explore those changes.

Just a couple more months and Internet Explorer will break the 50% market share barrier, this time it lost 0.62 point, down from 51.59% to 50.97%.

With more and more Firefox releases hitting the Internet, Mozilla’s browser has managed to secure 0.03 point of the market share, up from 21.03% to 21.06%.

Google Chrome does not have any plans to stop and has now broken though 15% barrier, up from 14.46% to 15.17% (0.71 point increase).

Continuous sales of Apple devices have helped Safari to increase its market share by another 0.32 point, up from 7.71% to 8.03%.

After 6 months of losses, Opera’s market share stayed flat at 1.58%.

That’s all for now, folks.

Thanks to Net Applications for the graph.


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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

  • Armin

    Opera needs to start doing something about this. It’s an excellent browser but it’s getting nowhere in terms of market share.

  • Mikah

    Opera has always been the innovator but never gets the recognition it deserves.
    A first look at what Firefox etc… will be copying next.
    http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/370447/opera-ditches-browser-scrolling-for-pages

    I’m looking forward to Opera 12 alpha with HWA on Thursday.

    • Armin

      I would much prefer multi process browsing. I have to use Maxthon at the moment because Firefox, Opera, and Opera Next keep freezing up on me for a couple of seconds at a time and I have no idea why.

      • Mikah

        You could try installing Opera to a folder on your desktop using the standalone USB option might cure the freeze ups.

      • Anonymous

        Since you are having two browsers affected it can be a number of things. Malware? Did you use a download manager? Computer running out of ram, hitting swap file on a slow drive. If you have a lot of ram you might want to invest in a RAMdisk (software).

  • Mike Colligan

    What’s the deal with Opera.  I’ve used Opera for years as my primary browser but I’m not saying its hands down the best browser. However, its certainly as good as, and sometimes better than, the other major players.  Why is it plunging into oblivion?  Lousy marketing, bad business plan, no charisma?     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4OL7GLKELBXJ34UQU2HMV5LUVQ fearful

    opera hands down the fastest and lightest browser people give opera a chance 

    http://snapshot.opera.com/windows/feathers_12.00-1090/Opera-Next-12.00-1090.exe

  • Guesty Guest

    A good browser does not mean that you win market share. A well promoted browser means that you win market share. The best HTML 5 compatiblity, hardware acceleration, start up time, memory usage and whatever else are irrelevant. If you have adverts for your browser all over the web, then you will get more and more market share. Simple.

    When you consider how most people browse the web, any of the 5 major web browsers are easily good enough for the job. It’s only when you begin to get into web design, graphic design or massive numbers of tabs and more specialist usage that the gaps in performance begin to open up, although even then the gaps aren’t exactly massive.

    What was Opera’s market share at it’s peak? Did it used to be a heavyweight or has it always been on the sidelines?

    • Mikah

      Opera has more often than not been the guy out front leading the crowd , it’s always  had a small market share but don’t forget that the market is huge & growing very rapidly.
      Yes Opera has lost Desktop market share which  does not mean its lost users its possible to grow your user base by 10% & lose market share over the same time period. I plucked the 10% out of the air, Opera may have lost users over the last six months or have grown the user base ? 

  • Mikah

    Lies damm lies & statistics  
    found another report covering the same time period with the data provided by RealTime Stats.com & the figures for Opera are different ?
    http://www.netmarketshare.com/report.aspx?qprid=1&qpaf=&qpcustom=Opera&qpcustomb=0

    • Justaclarification

      Different groups do not collect their information from the same sources. The source used by the author also attempts to adjust for population differences. Variations will thusly occur. The source used by the author is generally considered trustworthy by those evaluating it objectively.

    • Anonymous

      when I go  to Desktop browser share , I get 1.67% for Opera going back September.

      What matters if .6% is up or down.

      It can also be the writers error.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers

      includes mini

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

      Yes, clearly a lie. I am sure they gain so much money by reporting false Opera market share.

  • Mikah

    The source is the same 
    “ After 6 months of losses, Opera’s market share stayed flat at 1.58%.That’s all for now, folks.Thanks to Net Applications for the graph.”
    Click on the Net Applications link then on Desktop browser share then select Opera