IE Remains the Dominant Browser

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) continues to maintain market share with 85.85 percent of the Internet browser share worldwide. That’s according to data from OneStat.com.

Across the globe, IE has an 85.85 percent market share; Mozilla’s Firefox has 11.49 percent of the market. Apple’s Safari browser serves 1.61 percent, and Opera and Netscape each supply browsers to less than 1 percent of the market worldwide.

Top Worldwide Browsers, October 2006

Rank

Browser

Usage Share (%)

1

Microsoft IE

85.85

2

Mozilla Firefox

11.49

3

Apple Safari

1.61

4

Opera

0.69

5

Netscape

0.12

Source: OneStat.com, 2006

Within the U.S. browser market, 80.77 percent of users surf the Web on IE and 14.88 percent on Firefox. That’s up from 9.57 percent in December 2005. Safari gets 3.41 percent of the market, and Opera and Netscape each hold less than 1 percent.

Top U.S. Browsers, October 2006

Rank

Browser

Usage Share (%)

1

Microsoft IE

80.77

2

Mozilla Firefox

14.88

3

Apple Safari

3.41

4

Opera

0.61

5

Netscape

0.19

Source: OneStat.com, 2006

Firefox is most popular in Germany (33.42 percent); Australia (25.55 percent); and Italy (21.60 percent). IE penetration is lowest in Australia (64.10 percent) and Germany (60 percent).

OneStat research is based on a sample of 2 million visitors. The company provides site analytics for 75,000 Web sites in 100 countries and is able to track browser data for visitors of each site.

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