Safari Climbs Again in May, IE Still Dropping

Apple's Safari Web browser market share started to climb again in May, inching up from 8.21 percent to 8.43 percent. Safari has been on a general upward swing for well over a year, while Microsoft's Internet Explorer has been losing marketshare to Safari and Firefox for just as long, according to data from Market Share.

Internet Explorer wrapped up May with 65.5 percent of the market, down from 66.1 percent in April. Microsoft's Web browser has been slipping in the browser rankings for some time, but it is still maintaining a strong lead over second place Firefox's 22.51 percent of the market.

Firefox has been maintaining a strong second place position ahead of Safari's third place slot. The Mozilla-based browser hasn't, however, shown much of a change compared to April's 22.48 percent marketshare. Google's Chrome remained relatively unchanged in May, too, moving from 1.42 percent up to 1.8 percent.

Web browser usage statistics are gathered from a subset of Web sites, so the data represents a rough estimate of the actual number of people surfing the Web with a specific application. The figures do show, however, that interest in Safari and Firefox is growing at the expense of Internet Explorer.