FireFox reached 8% during the month of May up from 7.38% in April. FireFox's gain is Microsoft's loss whose base dipped to 87.23% in May down 0.77% from April of 2005. Safari also gained a modest tenth of a percentage posting 1.91% in May 2005. Most other browsers experienced little change during the same time period.
"While 87-percent market share may seem like market dominance, the numbers are revealing an average of .5 to 1% loss of users each month," noted Dan Shapero, Chief Operating Officer of NetApplications. "FireFox is gaining traction with early adopters and its popularity and adoption rate are starting to tap into mass-market acceptance as buzz continues to build."
May 2005 Browser/Market Share:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer - 87.23%
- FireFox - 8.06%
- Netscape - 1.64%
- Safari - 1.91%
- Mozilla - 0.58%
- Opera - 0.51%
- Other - 0.07%
Since last year Microsoft Internet Explorer lost almost 20 percent, about 80 percent of our visitors used IE in May 2004. Nowadays Microsoft's browser seems to lose marketshare each and every month.
Yesterday Microsoft launched a new MSN Toolbar which adds tabbed browsing functionality to Internet Explorer 6.