Net Applications: Apple’s Safari Web browser share hits new all-time high of 6.25% in May 2008

Net Applications’ Web Browser stats for May 2008 show Apple’s Safari hit a new all-time high with 6.25% 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’ May 2008 Web Browser Stats:
Microsoft Internet Explorer: 73.75% (vs. MAY 2006: 84.20%)
Mozilla Firefox: 18.41% (vs. MAY 2006: 10.55%)
Apple Safari: 6.25% (vs. MAY 2006: 3.26%)
Opera: 0.71%
Netscape: 0.62%
Mozilla: 0.08%
Opera Mini: 0.05%
Playstation: 0.03%
Microsoft Pocket Internet Explorer: 0.02%
Konqueror: 0.02%
Blazer: 0.02%
WebTV: 0.01%
ACCESS NetFront: 0.01%
BlackBerry: 0.00%

Net Applications’ Browser Market Share for May 2008:

Net Applications’ Browser Market Share Trend for Apple Safari for June 2006 to May 2008:

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. If anything, Net Applications is providing one measure of installed base, rather than “market share.” Again, what’s important is the trend (and consistent data points). The trend clearly shows Apple’s Safari ascending.


  1. The Search Engine Market Share is interesting, with Google and Yahoo making up 90%. In terms of ISPs, Microsoft Corp has 0.04% and Apple Computer 0.02%. I would’ve expcted at least a 3:1 ratio — go figure.

  2. almux has a good point. Maybe. Depends on the trustworthiness of the stats – always a question, even if the system isn’t intentionally rigged. If we agree that the numbers are “correct”, that the browsers seen are each properly identified, then Firefox is taking a similar bite out of both Safari and IE. It would be handy to see the breakout of FF-Win and FF-Mac as well as S-Win and S-Mac. Urchin statistics claim to be able to capture the platform, so there ought to be a way.
    Safari is my default. Firefox my fall-back. And I’m usually annoyed if compelled to switch.

  3. @The Other Steve

    The Blackberry uses WAP/WML, not HTTP/HTML. In other words, it sucks. I do not know if you have ever browsed the web with one, but the experience is just terrible. You might as well be using a DOS based web browser.

  4. Of course, if Apple INVADED THE BUSINESS SPACE they could have the 75% browser market share.

    Businesses need cheap, reliable computers that the employees won’t steal.

    Apple creates intense lust factors and high resale value that encourages theft.

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