Report: Apple’s Safari gains share to become 3rd most popular browser on Web ( today reported that Mozilla’s browsers have a total global usage share of 8.45 percent.  The total usage share of Mozilla increased more than 1 percent since Novermber 2004. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still dominates the global browser market with a global usage share of 87.28 percent which is 1.62 percent less as at the end of November 2004.

“It seems that global usage share of Mozilla’s Firefox is still increasing and the total global usage share of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still decreasing. It looks like that browser users of Internet Explorer 5 are switching to Mozilla Firefox instead of upgrading to Internet Explorer 6.0” said Niels Brinkman, co-founder of in the press release.

The global usage share of Apple’s Safari has increased with 0.3 percent from 0.91 percent to 1.21 percent since November 2004. 

The most popular browsers on the Web are:
1. Microsoft IE – 87.28 %
2. Mozilla Firefox – 8.45 %
3. Apple Safari – 1.21 %
4. Netscape – 1.11 %
5. Opera – 1.09 %

Methodology: A global usage share of xx percent for browser Y means that xx percent of the visitors of Internet users arrived at sites that are using one of’s services by using browser Y. All numbers mentioned in the research are averages of  last week and all measurements are normalised to the GMT timezone. Research is based on a sample of 2 million visitors divided into 20,000 visitors of 100 countries each day.

More info here.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continues to lose share; Firefox, Safari, others show gains – January 20, 2005
Apple’s Safari increases share of global browser market to 0.91 percent – November 23, 2004
Turn Apple’s Safari browser into PDF viewer with free ‘PDF Browser Plugin 2’ – July 09, 2004
Apple Safari browser for Windows already exists with millions of users – June 05, 2004
Apple Safari browser shows increase in global usage share – May 29, 2004
Apple’s Safari browser use more than doubled since February – July 31, 2003
Web statistics firm says Apple Safari browser shows ‘fast adoption rate’– February 03, 2003


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  2. Attention all Safari Debug menu users:
    Stop spoofing your browser as IE or Mozilla so you will be properly counted as Safari and we’ll have a more accurate market share representation. The more people web developers think are using Safari, the fewer web sites we’ll have problems with.

    Magic word: how. “I’m not sure how much the market share numbers are affected by people setting Safari to spoof another browser.”

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  4. They didn’t include AOL’s built-in browser. Unless the server logs it as mozilla? I haven’t checked lately (and am too lazy to do so now.) I would imagine that would place at 2nd or 3rd, if it were included as a separate entry.

  5. I wish they would break out the platform stats. It is inappropriate to extrapolate that 1.21% as the percentage of Mac users. Many Mac users running Classic OS are using MSIE, Netscape or Opera – as are many OS X users.

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