The latest browser market share statistics are out from Web analytics firm Net Applications, and of all the browsers, only Google's Chrome made any kind of notable gain.
Chrome bumped up its position from 7.52 percent in August to nearly 8 percent in September, which is more than twice the market share it held one year ago.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer continued to slip, dropping from 60.40 percent to 59.65 percent in that same time frame. Both Firefox and Opera held steady by increasing their share a nominal 0.03 and 0.02 percent, respectively, while Apple's Safari browser continued its slow but steady climb, rising from 5.16 percent to 5.27 percent.
Released in the middle of September, Microsoft's IE9 Beta accounted for 0.25 percent of browser usage in the last two weeks of the month.
Let's face it, no one's going to topple Google in the search game, at least not any time soon. That means the real race is for second place, and it's there that Microsoft's Bing and Yahoo's Yahoo Search run neck in neck.
Which search engine leads the pack from second place depends on who you ask, and if you put your faith in Nielsen's numbers, then Bing just inched ahead of Yahoo in the international search game.
"Nielsen's search data only counts genuine intentional searches that people type into a search box," Nielsen explains. "It does not include non-intended or 'contextual' searches that are automatically generated by search engines based on a person's browsing behavior."
With Nielsen's formula in place, the research firm says says Bing controlled 13.9 percent of the search market in August, up just barely from July. Yahoo, meanwhile, slid backwards 1.5 percentage points from 14.6 percent in July to 13.1 percent in August.
A new report from Gartner Research claims that Google's Android operating system will grow rapidly in the remaining months of 2010, passing both Apple and RIM. If you don't follow the smartphone world closely, you could be forgiven for forgetting Nokia is still number one worldwide. While their phones are rarely offered by US carriers, the market in other nations often encourages users to buy unlocked phones. Those are often Nokia handsets.
In late 2009, Android had only 3.9% of the market - Apple had three times more. Google is expected to hit about 17.7%, which will clobber Apple's iOS, and just edge out Blackberry. While iOS is still growing, Blackberry has been falling. The tepid response to the Blackberry Torch isn't helping matters.
Android has spread to all US carriers, and more manufacturers are getting in on the fun. It's impressive to see Google come from behind so quickly, especially considering the state Android was in before the release of the Motorola Droid.
For now, Google has nothing to worry about in the search market. Despite a 1 percent drop in month-on-month market share, Google is still crushing the competition with a 64.2 percent share, followed by Yahoo in a distant second at 14.3 percent. And what about Bing?
Yes, what about Bing. Microsoft's spunky search engine sits in third place with a 13.6 percent share of the market, and that alone doesn't sound particularly impressive. But make no mistake, Bing is on the up and up. While all but one other top five search engine showed a year-on-year drop in market share, Bing managed to move up by a whopping 51 percent. During that same period, Google moved backwards by 1 percent.
When you consider that Bing is now powering Yahoo's U.S. search operations, the market share outlook could look a whole lot more competitive this time next year. Google can afford to rest on its laurels for a little while longer, but after all this time at the top, we could soon be looking at a market share split.
AMD isn't about to concede an inch of its market share to Intel, not without an aggressive fight, anyway. Citing "sources from motherboard players," DigiTimes reports AMD has taken a hatchet to about 20 desktop processors in an attempt to defend against competition from its rival.
Some of the more enticing price cuts include AMD's quad-core Athlon II X4 640 chip, which was dropped from $122 to $99, the dual-core Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition, which slid from $105 to $93, and the quad-core Phenom II X4 955 and 965, both of which were cut by $26 to $145 and $165, respectively.
AMD now has a boat load of modern processors at sub-$100 price points, with many of its higher-end chips still only priced at under $200.
No one's under any impression that Apple's Mac OSX is on the way to beating out Windows in the market share department, but the July market share numbers still have to sting a little bit for Cupertino. The market share of OSX fell for the fourth straight month, landing at 5%. It's not like Apple is hurting for cash, they're selling more devices than ever before, thanks to the iPad and iPhone.
Windows 7 on the other hand, hit a milestone and is now running on more PCs (14.5%) than Windows Vista(14.3%). Microsoft has been talking a big game about their Windows 7 sales level, and this is just more proof. Vista numbers have fallen precipitously since Windows 7 was launched. Interestingly, the operating system stalwart, Windows XP still holds a 61.9% market share. XP has lost 5.9% this year though.
It will be interesting to see if Windows 7 can continue this trend, and if it ever makes a real dent in XP's market share. Also of note, is the continued move of Apple away from OSX, and toward vertically integrated platforms like the iPad. What do you think the future holds?
For the third straight month, Microsoft's Internet Explorer trended upwards in browser market share, doing so largely at the expense of Mozilla's popular Firefox browser, according to Net Applications.
Internet Explorer gained 0.42 percent in July, and now commands 60.74 percent of the browser market. Firefox, however, was the biggest loser of the bunch, dropping 0.9 percent, while Google's Chrome browser slid slightly by 0.08 percent. As for the rest of the major players, both Safari and Opera gained a bit of ground to the tune of 0.24 percent and 0.18 percent, respectively.
That makes IE the biggest, having gained more ground than any other browser. More importantly (for Microsoft), this three month win streak shows that IE isn't going down with a fight, and might not be going down at all. Prior to this recent upswing, it looked as though IE was on its way to forfeiting its position as the world's most used browser.
We all know that Google is pretty much dominating the desktop search market, but a new analysis from Pingdom shows the mobile market is even more under Google's control. Google appears to be rocking a 98.26% share of mobile searches. The nearest competitor is Yahoo, with about 0.8%. Probably all from the Motorola Backflip.
It's clear this is due to Google's placement on the iPhone and Android as the default search engine. Microsoft's Bing has less than half a percent of mobile searches. When Windows Phone 7 launches, it will have Bing as the built-in search provider. But is that enough to even put a dent in Google's piece of the pie?
Honestly, we can't think of a time we've used a search engine other than Google on a phone. Have you?
Microsoft has been taking it on the chin lately with the departure of several high profile executives, and the cancellation of the Kin. But some new search numbers could brighten up Redmond's day. Experian Hitwise is reporting that Bing grew 7% in June. It's got to be good to know that they are continuing to make progress despite Google's dominance.
Bing's total share of searches now stands at 9.85% - oh so close to that psychological double-digit barrier. The other side of the coin is that Google actually fell 1% by Experian's reckoning. Not a huge loss, but it's certainly not a 7% increase. Bing is doing particularly well in the areas of travel and health searches, an area where Google tends to do poorly compared to its other traffic.
Google is in no danger of falling off its throne any time soon. Their piece of the pie is currently pegged at 71.65%. But still, Bing is doing better than most observers would have expected when it was introduced. Do you use Bing for any particular types of searches?
Perhaps inconceivable just a few short years ago, it now seems inevitable that Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser won't hold onto its market share lead forever, and could fall to Firefox within the next 24 months or so. We say this because IE has been trending backwards in market share numbers, at least up until now.
Microsoft can breathe a sigh of relief in June, even if only for one month. For the first time in a long time, the world's most popular browser (in market share) increased its usage, stopping what's long been a slow, albeit steady decline. According to Web analytics firm Net Applications, IE's usage numbers inched upwards in June from 59.8 percent to 60.3 percent. While promising, Microsoft knows not to read too much into this.
"We certainly don't judge our business on just two months of data, but the direction here is encouraging," said Ryan Gavin, senior director of business and marketing for Internet Explorer.
Meanwhile, Mozilla's Firefox browser slid backwards from 24.3 percent to 23.8 percent. And don't take your eyes off of Google's Chrome browser, which rose from 7.0 percent to 7.2 percent from May to June. Still settling in at fourth place, Apple's Safari browser climbed from 4.8 percent to 4.9 percent, while Opera declined ever-so-slightly from 2.4 percent to 2.3 percent.