Safari, Firefox post market share gains against Internet Explorer

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

Tags: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari

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