Firefox, Safari Usage Rising Slightly, Report Shows (UPDATE)

Global usage of the Web browseris Firefox and Safari have risen slightly in the past four months as Internet users find there are other options besides Micrsoftis Internet Explorer, Web analytics firm Onestat.com announced Monday.

The firm said that since November of last year, Firefox usage jumped 1.10% to 8.45% and Safari use increased 0.3% to 1.21%. For the same period, use of Microsoftis Internet Explorer browser declined slightly from 88.79% to 87.28%.

"It looks like that browser users of Internet Explorer 5 are switching to Mozilla Firefox instead of upgrading to Internet Explorer 6.0," said Niels Brinkman, co-founder of OneStat.com. "Safari usage is building, but it is a small, incremental increase. I would say this growth will continue over time, but you will not see dramatic increases," Mr. Brinkman told The Mac Observer.

Usage of the Web browser Opera was 1.09% in the latest survey, down from 1.29% in November, the company said.

Onestat.comis figures do not break out Web browser usage by computing platform and no longer divide browser usage by version number. Onestat.comis analysis tools are installed on more than 50,000 Web sites in 100 countries, the company said.

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