Net Applications: Apple’s Safari Web browser share hit new all-time high of 5.14% in November 2007

Net Applications’ Web Browser stats for November 2007 show Apple’s Safari hit a new all-time high with 5.14% share of the browsers visiting Net Applications’ network of websites worldwide. The data is aggregated from 40,000 websites that are predominantly ecommerce or corporate sites.

Net Applications’ November 2007 Web Browser Stats:
Microsoft Internet Explorer: 77.35% (vs. OCT: 78.36%, JAN: 79.98%)
Mozilla Firefox: 16.01% (vs. OCT: 14.97%, JAN: 13.70%)
Apple Safari: 5.14% (vs. OCT: 5.09%, JAN: 4.72%)
Opera: 0.65%
Netscape: 0.60%
Mozilla: 0.09%
Microsoft Pocket Internet Explorer: 0.04%
Opera Mini: 0.03%
Blazer: 0.02%
Playstation: 0.02%
Danger Web Browser: 0.02%
WebTV: 0.01%
ACCESS NetFront: 0.01%
Konqueror: 0.01%

Net Applications’ Browser Market Share for November 2007:

Net Applications’ Apple Safari Web Browser Stats for 2007:
JAN: 4.72%
FEB: 4.86%
MAR: 4.53%
APR: 4.61%
MAY: 4.84%
JUN: 4.51%
JUL: 4.58%
AUG: 4.71%
SEP: 5.11%
OCT: 5.09%
NOV: 5.14%

Net Applications’ Browser Market Share Trend for Apple Safari for December 2005 to November 2007:

More details can be seen via Net Applications’ here.

MacDailyNews Note: As always, the actual percentage numbers are not as important as the trends shown since all “market share” reports have unique measurement sources. Net Applications, for example measures 40,000 corporate and ecommerce websites — how many of which are restricted to WIndows and/or IE, if any, we do not know. Again, what’s important is the trend (and consistent data points). The trend shows Apple’s Safari ascending.


  1. When is the Windows version of Safari 3 going to lose the “beta” label? The version that comes with Leopard and Tiger 10.4.11 are no longer in beta status (and it seems pretty solid from my experience). Not that I really care too much, but Windows Safari may also bump the stats up.

  2. How do they know which browser is being used? And don’t bother with the basic “the browser identifies itself”, because it doesn’t. Not really. The browser passes an ID Code to the server, on entry, but that must then be interpreted by the server. And, the ID can be spoofed. AND, some servers do not recognize some codes.
    My wife’s web site is hosted by Earthlink. They provide stats. Among these are Platform and Browser. They tell me they never heard of Safari but see many people using Macs with IE6 and IE7! Now, just about everyone reading this is fully aware that the last version of IE compiled for the Mac is 5.x, so what is Earthlink seeing? I’ve pretty much concluded that every Mac visitor using “IE6 or 7” is a Safari user. That’s a couple hundred visitors a day, just north of 10%.
    If these guys are not much better than Earthlink, these stats are questionable. I mean, more questionable than they otherwise would be based on the selection of the web sites monitored.

  3. I had an issue with browser display anf They told me they only support the 2 most popular browsers, IE and Netscape. I called ‘bullshit’ (literally) on that. I told they need to check their stats, and if they were to only support the 2 most popular browsers then they need to change their list. Oddly enough,the problem went away shortly after that.

  4. When is the Windows version of Safari 3 going to lose the “beta” label?

    When it’s included in a paid version of OSX/PC of course.

    After all that’s what happened to “BootCamp” right? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. How do they know which browser is being used?

    It must be all the Apple fanatics on Windows machines at work using a web proxy to spoof the browser id to inflate the numbers.

    What a good idea…Ballmer would give birth to a monkey for sure.

    Script kiddies?

  6. One thing to take into account is that Opera reports itself as Internet Explorer by default, so you can subtract at least 2% from IE’s numbers for that. Remember not too long ago when IE had 95% and people were saying there was no way, no how, that Firefox would ever even reach 10%?

  7. I’d like to see stats for browser ratios over a 24-hour or 7-day period. After all, I browse during the work day on Internet Explorer (no choice – we can only do Windows at work, as no one in the medical information industry supports Apple, although I actually prefer it to Safari and Firefox, for overall convenience and ease of use), but at night and weekends it’s Safari on my home computer (as IE on the Mac is no longer supported).

    But I’d be curious to know – does the Safari ratio go up at night and on weekends, when everyone uses their home Macs?

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