may 2008 browser stats-1.pngWe’re almost halfway through the year, and it looks as though Internet Explorer is once again continuing its steady decline in usage. April’s stats were interesting because Internet Explorer appeared to have a nice boost in market share, but it was then discovered that there was a big IE marketing campaign going on that caused the stats to be skewed.

All of the mainstream browsers other than Internet Explorer saw a nice little bump in market share for May 2008. In fact, Firefox, Safari, and Opera all hit record highs according to the statistical history available at Net Applications. Those three browsers combined now control over a quarter of the browser market.

And then there is the whole “Safari on Windows” saga that continues. Safari for Windows only saw a 0.04% increase in market share over the previous month despite Apple’s valiant effort to push the browser on any user with iTunes or QuickTime installed on their PC. That brings the total market share for Safari on Windows up to 0.27%, which isn’t too shabby considering how new it is.

Alright, here’s the rundown on the top 10 browsers in terms of market share for May 2008, along with how much they changed over April:

April 2008 May 2008 Change
Internet Explorer 74.83% 73.75% -1.08%
Firefox 17.76% 18.41% +0.65%
Safari 5.81% 6.25% +0.44%
Opera 0.69% 0.71% +0.02%
Netscape 0.56% 0.62% +0.06%
Mozilla 0.16% 0.08% -0.08%
Opera Mini 0.05% 0.05% 0.00%
Playstation 0.04% 0.03% -0.01%
Pocket IE 0.03% 0.02% -0.01%
Konqueror 0.03% 0.02% -0.01%

Congrats to Firefox for being the biggest mover of the month! Can’t wait to see what the next few months are like as Mozilla tries to attract new users with Firefox 3.