Apple’s Mac OS X and Safari gain share, Firefox slips

“Mozilla Corp.’s Firefox browser lost market share last month, Web metrics company Net Applications reported Wednesday. But Apple Inc.’s Safari continued to gain ground, an indicator of a slow but sure uptick in Macintosh sales,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

Keizer reports, “In January, Firefox accounted for 13.7 percent of the browser usage market, Aliso Viejo, Ca.-based Net Applications said, down slightly from 14 percent the month before. The dip was the first since May 2006. Since then, Firefox’s share has risen continually month to month.”

Keizer reports, “More conspicuous than Firefox’s slip, however, has been Safari’s steady march. The Apple browser, which is based in part on the open-source Konqueror, boosted its share to 4.7 percent in January from 4.2 percent in December. A year ago, Safari held 3.1 percent of the browser market. ‘The more interesting trend is on the Safari side,’ said Vizzaccaro. ‘It looks like it’s taking share away from browsers in the Windows environment.'”

“Net Applications, which also tracks Web users’ operating systems, said that the increase in Safari’s share has been matched move for move by a climb in Mac OS X use. In January, the combined PowerPC- and Intel-based Mac OS X share was 6.2 percent, up from December’s 5.7 percent. ‘Both Safari and Mac OS X are heading in the same direction — up,’ Vizzaccaro said,” Keizer reports.

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48 Comments

  1. Got to admit i do like Safari, i have firefox and Comino for betfair ;o)

    As this is my 1 year anniversary for ordering my second mac (the first was back in the 80’s) if there is one thing Apple could do to improve safari it’s t make it more customizable

    MW: Longer as in the longer i use macs the more i love ’em

  2. The MacDaddy-Oh!: I’m certain FF’s setback is due to IE7. I know a few PC users personally who only reluctantly switched to FF, and now that IE has tabs and supposedly better security, they’ve switched right back.

  3. Safari has some shortcomings, there are no alternatives though. Firefox really need to give us a native OS look if they want people to use it.

    The things that bug me the most in safari:
    Not possible to remove the Google search field. I already have this functionality via sogudi which is much better!
    Safari keeps erasing my visited linkes after a certain time, very annoying! I want to be able to set the time for when to remove the history or a maximum size for the history file.
    Flash takes 100% cpu in some cases, not acceptable!

    Besides the above I like it alot.
    Adblocking could be built in though as well as sogudi

  4. “Safari has some shortcomings, there are no alternatives though. Firefox really need to give us a native OS look if they want people to use it.”

    I know how to fix that. First go to TakeBackTheWeb.org and download the UNO theme. Then, go to FreeMacWare.com and look for the UNO program. You can change the look of the different GUI styles but I only checked the Mozilla one. It Makes FireFox look great!

    MW: March…march on safari

  5. “Firefox bludgeons Safari to death on every level”

    Pure drivel! Firefox is like using Windoze on a Mac. Simple things like dragging and dropping a bookmark take five steps in Firefox (Bookmarks, manage bookmarks, add bookmark, edit bookmark, save). That said, I keep it on hand for the occasional time when pages fail in Safari, as it is better at rendering some Windoze specific features.

  6. The focus of the article was not whether one browser is better than another,
    but that OS X (which comes with Safari) is taking market share away from
    Windows, which comes with Explorer (which discerning Windows users
    usually replace it with Firefox). Come to think of it, “discerning Windows
    users” is an oxymoron.

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