Chitika just released their November web browser market share report and there’s some interesting trends unfolding that might, or might not, surprise you.
Let’s get this out of the way up front. Microsoft‘s (MSFT) Internet Explorer is not going away any time soon and in fact, it continues to dominate the market share of web browsers. This trend is expected to continue well into the future, at least the near future anyway, with the release of Windows 8 and the expansion of Surface tablets.
Google‘s (GOOG) Chrome (my overwhelming favorite of all the web browsers) is expected to continue beating out Firefox as 2012 comes to a close. But interesting enough is that Chrome actually lost market share in the month of November – dropping 0.35%. The cause for drop? I’m not sure… perhaps the massive volume of iPhone 5 and iPad Mini, both of which come pre loaded with Safari web browser, dropped Chrome’s market share inadvertently.
And speaking of Safari, its market share is up over 2% which is the largest gain in the month of November. However, looking long term Safari is in a bit of trouble because of their arch rival Google Android. As you can see in the chart below, Android is smoking iOS in mobile OS shipments and market share. All of which could spell trouble for Apple (AAPL) and their penetration of iOS.