Net Applications: Apple’s Safari Web browser market share up 44% in last year

Net Applications’ “Market Share” has posted their Web browser market share statistics for September 2007 showing Apple’s Safari share at 5.07%. Net Applications segments Macs into “non-Intel-powered” and “Intel-powered” subsets, but – go figure – they don’t delineate between Safari for Mac, Safari for Windows, or the mobile version of Safari (currently for iPhone and iPod touch).

Apple launched Safari Public Beta for Windows on June 11, 2007 and the mobile version of Safari on June 29, 2007 with the launch of iPhone.

In September 2006, Net Application’s reported Safari share was 3.53%, so Apple Safari share has risen 44% year-over-year.

Net Applications’ Web Browser “Market Share” stats September 2006 – September 2007:
09/06: 3.53%
10/06: 3.93%
11/06: 4.03%
12/06: 4.24%
01/07: 4.70%
02/07: 4.85%
03/07: 4.51%
04/07: 4.59%
05/07: 4.82%
06/07: 4.49%
07/07: 4.56%
08/07: 4.68%
09/07: 5.07%

Net Applications’ “Market Share” uses a unique methodology for collecting this data. The company collects data from the browsers of site visitors to their exclusive on demand network of small to medium enterprise live stats customers. The sample size for these sites is more than 40,000 urls. The information published is an aggregate of the data from this network of hosted website statistics. The site unique visitor and referral information is summarized on a monthly basis. The websites in ther population represent dozens of countries in regions including North America, South America, Western Europe, Australia / Pacific Rim and Parts of Asia. It is more a measure of installed base than of market share.

Net Applications’ Web Browser “Market Share” for September 2007:
77.86% – Microsoft Internet Explorer
14.88% – Firefox
5.07% – Safari
0.87% – Opera
0.72% – Netscape
0.39% – Opera Mini
0.10% – Mozilla
0.03% – Unknown
0.02% – Danger Web Browser
0.02% – Konqueror
0.02% – PSP Internet Browser
0.01% – ACCESS NetFront

Net Applications’ Web Browser “Market Share” stats can be found here.


  1. @DogGone – it’s based on what browser loads each individual page, so they don’t really need to figure out which browser each individual uses most often

    @ One guy from Finland – IE is still popular for the same reason Windows is still popular: most people just plain don’t know any better.

  2. @SameInfo

    Yes, there are many Windows sufferers out there. The key is not to look at the numbers as static. The point is that the OSX “market share” is growing year over year. It is frustrating for some of us Mac users, but it’s a better business model for Apple…moderate growth is best in the long run. So don’t worry your pretty little head…Apple is catching up, and will probably do so at a faster rate as we go along.

  3. As a loyal mac user – they will soon tire of Safari. I can’t keep mine from crashing. Firefox is rock solid.

    And this is from a person only one step above MDN in blind mac loyalty.

  4. @CB –

    It’s not Safari — it must be some 3rd-party system software you’re running. My Safari is nearly rock-solid. One crash a week, maybe. And I’m on the net about 12 hours a day, every day.

    By the way, I love Safari. It’s not ideal (accessing bookmarks takes a long time, for some reason), but I still love it…

  5. ” “more is better”. By that argument, whatever sells the most is best, and Wal-Mart clothes are better than Armani suits.”

    By that argument an article crowing about how Safari or the Mac has increased market share would also be a waste of time.

    You can’t have it both ways, pointing out that Windows dominant share is just because people are stupid, yet the Mac’s share is somehow due to a different mechanism.

    And yes, if Wal-Mart clothes and Armani suits cost about the same, you could reasonably infer that the buying public thinks Wal-Mart clothes are better than Armani suits. However that’s not the case, so your argument is stupid.

  6. “Apple is catching up, and will probably do so at a faster rate as we go along.”

    You’re right, but your logic, about 300 years from now, Apple will have 147% of the worldwide PC market.

    Look to Linux or FireFox for verification of how your predictions of massive increasing growth will not pan out.

    Despite similar fanboy rantings, both grew to a new plateau and growth slowed considerably.

  7. Thanks to OS X & Safari being on the iPhone and the iPod touch, and the amazing desktop and laptop computers Apple is now offering (and will be offering), by the end of the decade, serious mainstream journalists are going to be sounding death knells for Microsoft Windows. But most of you already know that too.

    Remember, at one time, OS/2 was entrenched in many large corporations just like Windows is now. But once everybody went Windows at home, corporations had no choice but to follow suit in the office.

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