Market Share and Statistics

Over the last 10 years the internet has literally taken over the world, and it wasn’t long ago that we only had two main options for internet browsers – Internet Explorer or Netscape.

These days, however, we are spoilt for choice with dozens of different internet browsers available. But which are the most popular? In today’s guide we shall look at which browsers make up the market around the world.

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Current Internet Browser Market Share

This year is the first year since Internet Explorer was created that it has not had the largest market share of internet browsers.

Currently, Mozilla Firefox has a 47.5 percent market share compared to the second most popular browser – Internet Explorer – with just under 40 percent of the market share. The third leading internet browser is the new Google Chrome with 8 percent of the market share, followed by Safari with 3.8 percent and in fifth place is Opera with a 2.3 percent market share.


Internet Browser past Statistics and Trends

In the beginning, almost 100 percent of the market share of internet browsers was owned by Netscape Navigator, however as soon as Internet Explorer came out in 1995, figures dropped until Netscape has become extinct. Netscape still exists now though in the form of Mozilla Firefox – the most popular internet browser in the world.

Mozilla Firefox has seen a steady increase in its popularity over the past few years. It saw a drastic rise in users between the end of 2005 and the beginning of 2006 when it jumped from just 2.8 percent of the market share in November 2005 up to 25 percent in January 2006. Since then it has steadily increased in popularity with a 30 percent market share by the end of 2006, a 36.3 percent market share by the end of 2007, and a 44.4 percent market share at the end of 2008.

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Internet Explorer has for a long time been the leader in the Internet Browser war. Internet Explorer had a 95 percent market share during its peak during 2002 and 2003. After that time people started to become more aware of other browser options and they became much more advanced and were great alternatives to Internet Explorer. Whilst the market share of Internet Explorer has remained high since its introduction, it is slowly declining as other browsers are becoming more popular and more options are becoming available. At the end of 2005, Internet Explorer had a 68.9 percent market share and by the end of 2007 it had dropped to below 55 percent – whilst Firefox users increased dramatically. In 2009, Internet Explorer was finally overtaken by Firefox as owning the largest internet browser market share.

Chrome is the new internet browser created by search engine giant – Google. It was released in September 2008 to much hype and anticipation and already owns 8 percent of the market share. It saw a steady but fast increase in users from its release date. When it was released it took over 3 percent of the market share immediately which fast become 4 percent by February 2009, then 6 percent by June and now is at 8 percent.

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Safari is currently the fourth largest market share holder of internet browsers. It is the standard internet browser for Mac OS X users. It was first introduced in 2007 and only saw a small but steady increase in users over the following 2 years. What began at a 1.7 percent market share in January 2007 rose to 3 percent market share by January 2009 and is currently at 3.8 percent.

Opera is the fifth largest market share holder of internet browsers. It is a highly regarded browser and has received many fantastic reviews – which makes many people wonder why it only has a 2.3 percent market share. However, Opera is the world’s most popular internet browser for mobile phones and is used on Wii and PSP consoles. Opera started with a 1.6 percent market share in January 2006 and over the following months it rose in popularity by approximately 0.10 percent with minor fluctuations. It rose to 1.9 percent in July 2007 but dropped straight back down to 1.5 percent in September. It continued to drop until May 2008 and since then has fluctuated between 2.1 percent and its current peak of 2.3 percent.