“In August 2005, Safari’s market share was 2.20 percent. In August 2006, Safari’s market share comes in at 3.21 percent… The rise from 2.20 to 3.21 represents a year-over-year growth of 46 percent (rounded to the nearest whole percent) for the month of August,” Switch To A Mac reports.
“Also note that Safari is only available on Mac OS X. Safari’s 46 percent rise year-over-year for August is a clear sign that the Mac user base is expanding,” Switch To A Mac writes.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Note: NetApplications’ browser market share trend for ‘Safari’ for September, 2005 to August, 2006 does show a year-over-year upward trend, however, it must be noted that the high point for the past year period was 3.30% set in April 2006 and it has been largely flat in 2006. Whether this “flatness” is attributable to Apple’s Intel transition is unknown. The data does show that most of the gain was made between September 2005 and December 2005.
According to NetApplications:
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