A new year, a new chance for browsers to steal users from each other. 2008 ended with IE and Firefox battling toward a climactic clash at the top, with less than 50 percent difference between them, Safari happily settled down in third place after consistent growth, Chrome quickly made its way into fourth place, leaving poor Opera in the dust. In January, Safari and Chrome were the only browsers to show any positive growth; IE, Firefox, and Opera all dipped.
Between December and January, Internet Explorer dropped by 0.70 percent (from 68.15 percent to 67.55 percent) while Firefox jumped 0.19 percent (from 21.34 percent to 21.53 percent). Safari gained 0.36 percent (from 7.93 percent to 8.29 percent). Chrome pulled further ahead of Opera: Chrome gained 0.08 percent (1.04 percent to 1.12) while Opera fell a minute 0.01 percent (0.71 percent to 0.70 percent).
The market share pie for January 2009, according to Net Applications, looks like this:
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