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October market share recap: IE loses 1%; Firefox, Chrome, and Safari gain

According to Net Applications, Internet Explorer lost market share in October, while Firefox, Chrome, and Safari gained, and Opera remained steady. And although not all of the data has been reviewed by the QA team, what was interesting was the fact that Google Chrome gained more than any other browser, with a 0.4% increase, which translates to 6.4 million users, assuming there are 1.6 billion online users. This spike for the browser has also appeared in StatCounter’s data. Firefox gained 0.3%, or 4.8 million users, Safari gained 0.16%, or 2.5 million users, and Opera remained steady, with a 0.03% loss, or 480,000 users. All at the cost of Internet Explorer, which lost 1.02%, which is equal to 16 million users switching. This isn’t as big as last month’s loss of 1.5%, 24 million users, which was IE’s biggest loss ever.

Using this market share data, here are the user counts for the major browsers:

  1. Internet Explorer, 1 billion users
  2. Firefox, 385 million users
  3. Safari, 70.4 million users
  4. Google Chrome, 57.1 million users
  5. Opera, 34.6 million users
  6. Netscape, 5.2 million users
Categories: Web Browsers
  1. BLB
    November 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Beware! Explorer will return!

    • Spen B
      November 9, 2009 at 9:52 pm

      No it won’t.

      • BLB
        November 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm

        Yes it well. Stop saying it won’t!

  2. Spen B
    November 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Look at the trends. IE has been steadily losing market share since Firefox was launched. In September, its share went down 1.5%, a larger loss than ever before. IE is not coming back; Firefox and Google Chrome will continue to eat away at its user base.

  3. BLB
    November 10, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    They are but gnats. They will be crushed in the end.

  4. BLB
    December 15, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    No response, Spen B?

    • BLB
      December 30, 2009 at 5:06 pm

      Still no response, SpenB?

  5. BLB
    January 11, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Still no response, Spenb

  6. BLB
    February 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Are you still there, SpenB?

  7. BLB
    February 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm


  8. Spencer
    February 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I haven’t been maintaining the site for a while.

  9. BLB
    April 13, 2010 at 7:42 am

    So, we shouldn’t expect new news?

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