Safari Holds Its Own in April, IE Drops

Apple's Safari Web browser market share remained relatively unchanged in April, but Microsoft's Internet Explorer continued losing users to competitors. Safari sat at 8.21 percent of the browser market for the month and nearly where it was in March with an 8.23 percent market share, according to data from Market Share.

Internet Explorer entered April with about 66.82 percent of the market, but ended the month down at 66.1 percent. Microsoft has been slowly shedding users for well over a year, and that trend doesn't seem to be letting up.

Firefox, however, has been steadily gaining users for some time and now holds 22.48 percent of the browser market, up from March's 22.05 percent. Google Chrome, while popular with some users, still holds only 1.42 percent of the market, up slightly from last month's 1.23 percent.

Web browser usage statistics are gathered from a subset of Web sites, so the numbers represent 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.