Recent updates and media buzz surrounding Safari and Firefox apparently helped the two browser to gain market share at the expense of Microsoft??™s Internet Explorer, according to a new survey released by Net Applications. Apple??™s and Mozilla??™s software have been chipping away share from Microsoft??™s browser for some time now and it appears that Microsoft could use a convincing new browser rather sooner than later.
There is no immediate concern for Microsoft that the company is losing its dominance in the browser market, but there is certainly a trend that Firefox and Safari are gaining traction. The Internet Explorer still holds a commanding 73.01%, according to Net Applications. That number, however, is down 0.74% points or about 1% from 73.75% in May and 74.83% in April.
While Microsoft isn??™t quite confronted with a landslide loss, Firefox has been gaining steadily over the past quarter and is now approaching the 20% market share mark for the first time. Net Applications estimates Firefox??™ June market share at 19.03%, up 3% or 0.62 points from 18.41% in May. Firefox was listed at 17.76% in April.
Apple??™s Safari is also advancing and ranks third with a current share of 6.31%, up from 6.25% in May and 5.81% in April. Opera Software was also able to post some gains as part of the launch of its Opera 9.5 web browser. Opera is listed with 0.73% share, up from 0.71% in May and 0.69% in April.
Internet Explorer will receive a major update with version 8, which is expected to debut in the fourth quarter. Beta 2 of the browser is planned to be released in August.
Source: TG Daily