“The March launches of Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4 failed to stop Microsoft’s and Mozilla’s decline in browser share, new Web usage data published Sunday showed,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.
“According to California-based Net Applications, one of a handful of companies that regularly publishes browser usage data, IE lost eight-tenths of a percentage point of share in April, falling to 55.1%, a new low for Microsoft,” Keizer reports. “Meanwhile, Firefox dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 21.6%, a share equivalent to its December 2008 standing.”
“Both Microsoft and Mozilla debuted new browsers several weeks ago: The former launched IE9 on March 14, while the latter shipped Firefox 4 on March 22,” Keizer reports. “Neither release stemmed their maker’s long-standing slide.”
Keizer reports, “Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome took up the slack in April. Safari posted an increase of five-tenths of a point to end the month at 7.2%, a record for the browser that ships with Mac OS X, and is integrated with iOS, the mobile operating system that powers the iPhone and iPad. The one-month gain was Safari’s biggest-ever by Net Applications’ tracking. Chrome’s usage share grew by four-tenths of a percentage point, slightly less than the browser’s average increase over the past 12 months. Google’s browser accounted for 11.9% of all browsers used in April.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]