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Web browser market share changeup in December

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Last month, Google acknowledged Apple’s importance by releasing a beta version of Chrome for Mac.  New statistics show that Google sort of put Apple to shame, too, however, as Chrome passed Safari in terms of market share.

The stats come courtesy of Net Applications, and according to the organization, Internet Explorer remained very much on top of the Web browser pile in December with a market share of 62.69 percent.  Unsurprisingly, Firefox placed second, with a share of 24.61 percent.

Then came the changeup.  Chrome was fourth in November, but with a market share of 4.63 percent, secured third place during December.  And Safari’s market share of 4.46 percent was only enough for fourth place during the same month.

Assuming the two browsers don’t reverse course in January, this is a significant development.  Chrome’s only been around for about 16 months, after all, and Safari’s had something like six years to make friends.

Count on Google maintaining or increasing its promotion of Chrome since the current approach has worked so well.  It’s possible that Apple will try to fight back and upgrade Safari in response to Chrome for Mac, too.

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  • http://build-a-chicken-coop.iqbanq.com/ Beth

    That is a shame, I really like Safari. It is a good browser, and I find it a lot more comfortable to use that Chrome.

  • George

    Chrome ignored a lot users by ONLY providing an Intel version of its browser on Mac. Safari still runs on old and new chip architecture. Some of Chromes jump can be attributed, IMHO, to the tryout factor. Since I can’t try it out I would still say that Safari and FF have some the best rendering engines. Everything I program is way easier to render consistently in those two platforms. Since I can’t debug my webpages on Chrome on my quad core PPC, I will have to wait until I upgrade my equipment to do so.