Data compiled by internet monitoring site Net Applications showed that Safari was beaten into fourth place with 4.46 per cent of the market share compared to Chrome’s 4.63 per cent at the end of 2009. The feat is all the more impressive when you take into account the increasing popularity of Apple products which ship with Safari.
Internet Explorer still leads the way with 62.7 per cent of the market, but Microsoft’s browser has been losing users at a rate of 1 per cent over the last five months. Firefox consolidated its place as the clear alternative to Internet Explorer with 24.6 per cent of internet users currently using it.
The days when Internet Explorer was used by 95 per cent of internet users seem like a distant memory and figures confirm that monopoly Microsoft once had is under threat. Current projections that Microsoft’s share could realistically fall under 50 per cent by the middle of the year will do nothing to please the big wigs down in Redmond.
The data shows the contrasting fortunes of two of the biggest tech companies in the world. As Google continues to go from strength to strength, it looks like Microsoft could be in for another tough year.
Link: via examiner.com