Browser Market Share, December 2009

Happy New Year! Here is the browser market share for December 2009, based on traffic to my top site:

IE: 48.24%
Firefox: 38.51%
Google Chrome: 8.79%
Opera: 2.11%
Safari: 1.73%
Mozilla: 0.35%

Google Chrome was the big winner in December, gaining 0.79% in market share. The gain came mostly at the expense of Firefox, which lost 0.65% during the month. IE continued its slow decline, losing another 0.29% during the last month of 2009. This is the second month in a row where both IE and Firefox declined while Google Chrome showed an increase.

How did the browsers do in 2009? Below is the market share change between Dec 2008 and Dec 2009:

IE: -6.14%
Firefox: +0.30%
Google Chrome: +5.29%
Opera: -0.07%
Safari: +0.60%
Mozilla: -0.11%

So, it is not a stretch to call 2009 the year of Google Chrome, as it more than doubled its market share. IE dipped below 50% during the year, and it is showing no signs of recovery. Below are my predictions for 2010:

1. IE will continue to lose market share throughout 2010, but will manage to hold onto its leadership position at the end of 2010.
2. Google Chrome will continue its upward trend in market share.
3. Despite Apple’s prowess elsewhere, Safari still won’t be a major player in the browser market share in 2010.

Below is my prediction of market share at the end of 2010:

IE: 43%
Firefox: 39%
Google Chrome: 13%
Opera: 2.2%
Safari: 2.0%
Mozilla: 0.3%