For the first time ever, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 claims more users than any other browser on the planet, including the dated (but still popular) IE6.
According to browser market research firm Net Applications, IE8 managed to wrangle its way onto 20.86 percent of all desktops and devices using a web browser, while IE6 claimed 20.99 percent. However, since 2.8 percent are using IE8 in compatibility mode, that propels Microsoft's latest version to the top of the charts.
Main rival Firefox 3.5 followed close behind at 16.32 percent, less than a percentage point above IE7 at 15.5 percent. Looking at the overall picture, however, Firefox still has considerable ground to make up, claiming 24.61 percent of the market compared to Internet Explorer's 62.69 percent. Chrome, meanwhile, sits at 4.63 percent, which was enough to push Apple's Safari browser to fourth place with 4.46 percent.
Just nearly a week and a half after the official consumer launch of Windows 7 on October 22nd, research firm Net Applications has tracked the OS over 3.5 percent of the market as of November 1st. Net Applications collects data based on header information reported from web browsers.
Windows 7, having been soft launched to developers and parts of the IT community, had been tracked to 1.89 percent of usage the day before consumer launch (October 21). By the end of launch day, the number managed to climb to 1.99 percent, and finishing the month with 3.67 percent of total market usage.
In the month of October all versions of Windows made up 92.52 percent usage, Mac OS X had 5.27 percent and Linux at 0.96 percent.
Google seems to be espousing a very simple strategy of expanding rapidly and at all costs. Although there is always going to be the possibility of Google spreading itself too thin, there is also immense hope of it benefiting under the law of averages. Market research firm Net Applications has fueled rumors of a Google OS. Yes, Google might be getting ready to enter the OS market.
Net Applications’ legion of software sensors across the internet has gathered some interesting data recently. Around one third of the traffic coming from Google has its OS information inexplicably hidden. According to Net Applications, this is truly unprecedented as they have never observed “an OS stripped off the user agent string before”. Is Google working on an OS of its own now?
Net Applications has released the global market share statistics of all major web browsers for the month of July. Internet Explorer registered a slight increase, as its market share went up by .01% to 73.02% compared to the previous month. Although the increase is statistically trivial, its significance lies in the fact that it has come after months of steady decline. IE’s only major competitor, Firefox, witnessed a month-over-month decline of .19% and ended up with 19.03% market share. Undoubtedly, Firefox’s market share grew on the back of the pompous Firefox 3 launch in June. So the slight decline can be seen as a correction of sorts. However, Firefox 3 is still going strong at the expense of Safari and its predecessor Firefox 2. Both Safari and Opera were down in July, according to Net Applications' July survey.