Web analytics research firm OneStat.com recently reported that usage of Apple’s Safari Web browser has doubled in the past six months.
To no one’s great surprise, Microsoft continues to maintain total market dominance in the Web browser space. OneStat.com indicates that globally, 94.8 percent of Web surfers rely on some form of Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher. The company said that global usage of Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 — a version only available for Windows — has increased 1.8 percent since July 2003 from 66.3 to 68.1 percent.
Mozilla, the open-source Web browser project, has about 1.8 percent of global usage, according to the firm, while Opera Software’s Opera 7 browser sports a global usage of about 0.8 percent.
Safari makes up about 0.48 percent of global Web browser usage, according to OneStat.com. That’s almost double the browser’s previous mark, set at 0.25 percent in July of 2003.
OneStat.com uses samples based on traffic produced by 2 million visitors divided into 20,000 users of 100 countries each day. The traffic figures are derived from sites that are using one of OneStat.com’s services.