Firefox down, Safari up in browser market


— 2:59 PM on February 22, 2007

New browser market share figures published by Net Applications suggest that Mozilla Firefox's popularity is waning slightly. As PC World reports, the Web metrics firm says Firefox accounted for 13.7% of the browser market last month, compared to 14% the month before. This isn't a huge drop, but the firm says it's the first time Firefox's share has gone anywhere but up since May 2006.

Interestingly, the Net Applications figures also say Safari—Apple's own browser that comes bundled with MacOS X—grabbed 4.7% of the browser market last month, up from 3.1% one year ago. Safari's rise in popularity follows an increase in the market share for Apple systems from 5.7% in December 2006 to 6.2% last month, according to Net Applications.

 
   
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