Apple touts Safari downloads, but loses browser share

Microsoft's IE8 grew 42 per cent last week over the week before, up 72 per cent since May

At the same time Apple bragged that users had downloaded 11 million copies of its Safari 4 browser in just three days, Safari's market share was slipping, a Web metrics company said today.

According to Net Applications, Safari's share of the browser market for the week June 7-13 was 8.36 per cent, down .07 of a percentage point from May's 8.43 per cent. The slip represents a decline of more than 8 per cent of Safari's total.

Apple unveiled the finished version of Safari 4 on June 8 during its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote.

Last Friday, Apple said more than 11 million copies of Safari 4 had been downloaded in the first three days of its availability. Over half -- six million -- were the Windows version. Apple failed to note that it had immediately started pushing Safari 4 to both Mac and Windows users as an update, but bloggers wasted no time noting that fact. Several speculated that most, if not all, of the 11 million copies were upgrades, not new installs.

Net Applications' numbers appear to bear that out. According to the data for the week starting June 7, the Mac version of Safari 4 gained 0.83 of a percentage point and the Windows edition of the new browser increased its share by 0.08 of a point. At the same time, older versions slid significantly: Safari 3.2 and 3.1 on the Mac, for example, lost 0.65 and .013 percentage points, respectively. Safari for Windows 3.2 dropped 0.02 of a point.

The public beta of Safari 4, which Apple unveiled in February, also lost 0.05 of a percentage point last week.

As Safari's share shrunk, Internet Explorer's grew, Vince Vizzaccaro, Net Applications executive vice president of marketing, said in an e-mail Monday. "With all the new browser releases of late, it may be surprising to some that IE is up so far in June," said Vizzaccaro. For the week June 7-13, Microsoft's IE accounted for 66.55 per cent of the browser market, a .05 point increase over May's 65.50.

Vizzaccaro pegged IE8, the Microsoft update released in March and fed to users via Windows Update in April, as the fastest-growing browser. "The big winner by far is IE8," he said.

While IE8 accounted for 7.64 per cent of the browser market in May, last week it had a share of 13.11 per cent, an increase of 72 per cent. IE8's numbers last week were also up dramatically from the week before -- May 31-June 6 -- when the browser held a 9.24 per cent share. The week-to-week boost represents a growth rate of 42 per cent.

Chrome was on a roll last week, too, said Vizzaccaro. Google's browser increased its share from May's 1.8 per cent to 1.93 per cent.

The two browsers that lost the most share last week were Mozilla's Firefox, down to 21.4 per cent for the week from May's 22.51 per cent, and Safari.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags operaAppleweb browserssafarimozilla firefoxInternet Explorer

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Gregg Keizer

Computerworld (US)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?