Safari Climbs in March, IE Drops

Apple's Safari Web climbed again in March, moving back in range of its January market share high of 8.29 percent. While Safari was busy climbing up to 8.23 percent of the browser market, Internet Explorer was dropping from 68.17 percent in February down to 66.82 percent in March, according to data from Market Share.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer has following a downward trend for over a year, slowly bleeding away its still substantial lead over competing Web browsers.

In contrast, Firefox has been gaining on Internet Explorer and now holds 22.05 percent of the browser market. Safari still holds the third place spot, and the next closest browser is Google's Chrome with only 1.23 percent of the market.

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