“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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