Apple’s Safari browser market share up 53-percent year-over-year, shows accelerating growth

“According to data collected by Market Share, Apple Computer’s Safari Web browser continues to gain market share in the Internet browser segment,” Switch To A Mac reports. “In October 2005, Safari’s market share as measured by Market Share (By Net Applications) was 2.56 percent. In October 2006, Safari’s market share comes in at 3.93 percent… The rise from 2.56 to 3.93 represents a year-over-year growth of 54 percent (rounded to the nearest whole percent, actual rise is 53.5 percent) for the month of October.”

“Safari experienced a 11.3 percent increase from September 2006 rising from 3.53 percent 3.93 in October 2006. This outpaces the 10 percent growth seen between August 2006 and September 2006. Since January 2006, Safari’s market share has increased from 3.00 to 3.93 percent, representing 31 percent growth in just nine months, up from the 17.7 percent increase from January 2006 to September 2006,” STAM reports.

STAM reports, “This data clearly shows that Safari’s growth is accelerating and is showing no signs of slowing down.”

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  1. Webmasters apprentice,
    Which Gilligan’s Island episode is that line from? The one where they go visit the island prostitute?

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    OK. I’ll stop now before I get banned.

    Back on Topic:
    I still think that Safari is dirt slow on both of my Macs vs. Firefox. It’s also slower than Firefox on my friend’s brand new Macbook Pro.

    Go figure.

  2. That’s odd. I’ve found Firefox to be much slower than Safari on Mac since it’s first version (I’ve downloaded and used them all). I’ve also found Safari significantly faster than Opera, iCab, fflock, and about the same speed as Conqueror. My only complaint is with the web designers who code for IE specific shite, which means I have to then run Firefox to get at the sites, so I keep an up-to-date Firefox around for that purpose, otherwise, I agree with the above, use Safari.

    MW=”designed” as in: Safari is designed for speed.

  3. Mainly use Safari. Have to use FF for one particular site where Safari just cant seem to handle the code.

    I find FF faster than Safari and would primarily use it, but for the fact that I prefer Safari’s RSS implementation.

  4. An Appleinsider article adds some more info on the NetAPP report.

    They estimate that in excess of 600K Macs were sold in Oct!! That bodes well for record Mac sales in this Xmas quarter. Looks to be that they could ship over 2M Macs.

  5. Cubert –

    Close – It was the episode where Ginger was going to throw herself into the Volcano, because she heard on the radio that she was no longer relevant in hollywood. At the Climax of the episode, Gilligan rescues Ginger from the soon to erupt crater, at which point Skipper yells the text from my previous post. (i’m making this up from memory fragments, however I’m probably 95% accurate, due to something like that happening in 1 out of every 4 episodes.)

    Anyway, my point was that we are near critical mass for the “New Mac Economy” and the rest of the world is about to wake up and take notice that there actually is a better way of computing outside of the Redmond dominated economy.

  6. THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE A SAFARI VS WORLD ARTICLE… Browser information is perhaps the most reliable measurement of actual computers in the use right now. This is a Macintosh growth article. The growth has been amazing for the past year, and it is on an upward trend!

    Dang, and just when I was starting to like being the only Mac guy around…

  7. Sad to say Safari is slower than other Mac browsers. (FireFox still can’t draw decent text entry boxes). And when it’s not slower, it crashes on me.

    I’ve been using Camino for months now with nary a hiccup… but I have it set to ID itself as Safari.

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