Report: Apple’s Safari browser increases market share in September

NetApplications, a provider of Web-based applications that measure, monitor and market Web sites for the Small to Medium Enterprise (SME), today announced its monthly Web site traffic analysis. In September, Netscape Navigator and Apple’s Safari continued their modest gains for the second straight month, while FireFox lost market share for the second time in 2005.

Internet Explorer enjoyed a slight increase at FireFox’s expense growing from 86.31% in August to 86.87. FireFox dropped 8.27% to 7.55%. Safari checked in at 2.39% up from 2.20% and Netscape usage grew from 2.02% to 2.16%.

“Opera made news last month when it announced that it will offer its browser for free, without advertising in what appeared to be a response to the wild adoption rate of FireFox,” Vince Vizzaccaro, executive vice president of marketing and strategic relationships for NetApplications in the press release. “FireFox, Safari, Netscape and now Opera are jockeying for position and implementing aggressive marketing maneuvers which is setting the stage for a very exciting month in October and throughout the remainder of 2005.”

September Browser Market Share:
• Microsoft Internet Explorer – 86.87%
• FireFox – 7.55%
• Safari – 2.39%
• Netscape – 2.16%
• Opera – 0.51%
• Other – 0.51%

August Browser Market Share:
• Microsoft Internet Explorer – 86.31%
• FireFox – 8.27%
• Safari – 2.20%
• Netscape – 2.02%
• Opera – 0.62%
• Mozilla – 0.51%
• Other – 0.08%

Additional stats are available at http://marketshare.hitslink.com.

MacDailyNews Note: These stats are wholly-dependent on the sites chosen to be monitored. Apple’s Safari browser is Mac OS X-only. NetApplications also tracks operating system market share based on a their sampling of sites.

For September 2005:
• Windows XP – 76.36%
• Windows 2000 – 10.69%
• Windows 98 – 5.52%
• Mac OS – 3.74%
• Windows ME – 2.17%
• Windows NT – 0.96%
• Linux – 0.31%
• Windows 95 – 0.14%
• Web TV – 0.04%
• Windows CE – 0.02%
• SunOS sun4u – 0.02%
• PSP – 0.01%
• Unknown – 0.00%

To illustrate the importance of the site sample: MacDailyNews + iPodDailyNews stats by sessions (2,013,089 total sessions) show:

MacDailyNews + iPodDailyNews September 2005 Browser Market Share:
• Safari – 23.98%
• AppleSyndication – 19.67%
• Mozilla Compatible Agent – 14.63%
• Firefox – 10.85%
• Internet Explorer – 7.98%
• NetNewsWire – 7.06%
• MacReporter – 5.90%
• CFNetwork – 1.92%
• (unknown) – 0.73%
• NewsFire – 0.64%

MacDailyNews + iPodDailyNews September 2005 Operating System Market Share:
• Macintosh – 83.35%
 – PPC – 100.00%
 – 68K – ~ 0.0
• Windows – 15.87%
 – XP – 72.29%
 – 2000 – 18.60%
 – 98 – 3.03%
 – Server 2003 – 2.73%
 – NT – 2.57%
 – 95 – 0.39%
 – ME – 0.31%
 – (unknown version) – 0.09%
• Linux – 0.71%
• SunOS – 0.04%
• WebTV – 0.02%
• FreeBSD – 0.02%

12 Comments

  1. Can the increase in Safari use be attributed to the margin of error?

    Come on – this is less than 2 10th of a percent – what is the margin of error on these stats?

    MDN word: ran

  2. Jack, probably a combination of:

    * More Mac sales to new users
    * Users upgrading to OS X
    * Users switching from other browsers

    Most stats say the Mac accounts for 3-4% of Internet-connected computers.

  3. What ever way you slice it – it still reads that the third most used browser is Safari. For a browser to be in the top three that only works on a single platform is huge. Especially when nay-sayers say that this particular platform is a loosing market share.

    All the others are dual platform and Netscape and Opera still can compete.

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  4. Basically it looks like 64 % of Mac users are using Safari. The remainder is probably made up of alternative browsers in OS X and OS 9 etc browsers. Since Safari runs only on OSX, it would be interesting to see how many Mac users are surfing the web using OS 9 or lower.

    Obviously, Safari’s market share can only increase as the OS X market share increases.

    Whilst, as have been correctly pointed out, the changes in share are well within error, the upside trending is consistent. No doubt as macs take more market share from windows, Safari’s share of the browser market will increase, but it would never reach 80 % unless all windoze machines were destroyed by a pandemic virus!

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