The last time we did a report on the operating system and browser stats was back in October 2008. At the time Google Chrome was just starting to gain some traction, and it was still too early to tell whether Apple’s new MacBooks would help them attract new users to their platform. Here we are a few months later, and things are definitely getting interesting.




According to Net Applications Internet Explorer has dropped several percent since our last report, and the Mac market share is nearing 10%. In November 2008 Microsoft saw the Windows market share fall below 90%, which is a huge blow for them. They haven’t been able to recover since then, and it continues to get worse as Windows approaches 88%:

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Note that our tables below are comparing the stats from October 2008 to that of January 2009.

–Web Browsers–

It comes as no surprise to me that Firefox is continuing on its journey to dethrone Internet Explorer once and for all. Google Chrome has also started to get its act together, and has even managed to surpass Opera after being out a mere 5-months.

October 2008 January 2009 Change
Internet Explorer 71.27% 67.55% -3.72%
Firefox 19.97% 21.53% +1.56%
Safari 6.57% 8.29% +1.72%
Chrome 0.74% 1.12% +0.38%
Opera 0.75% 0.70% -0.05%
Netscape 0.45% 0.57% +0.12%
Mozilla 0.09% 0.07% -0.02%
Opera Mini 0.06% 0.06% 0.00%
Playstation 0.03% 0.04% +0.01%

–Operating Systems–

Windows is still dominating the market, but the Mac operating system is definitely creeping up.

October 2008 January 2009 Change
Windows 90.46% 88.26% -2.20%
Mac 8.21% 9.93% +1.72%
Linux 0.71% 0.83% +0.12%
iPhone 0.33% 0.48% +0.15%
Playstation 0.03% 0.04% +0.01%

The most interesting thing that I found between the browser and operating system stats is the change in Safari/Mac market share. The two numbers are equal, which likely indicates that most new Mac users are choosing Safari as their primary browser.