Safari desktop losing market share

Filipe Espósito, writing for 9to5Mac

As shown by StatCounter (via TechRadar), Safari remains the second most-used desktop web browser in the world as of January 2022, but two of its competitors are close to taking over second place this time around.

While Safari is used by 9.84% of desktop users, Microsoft Edge is right behind with 9.54% market share. Firefox, which had only 8.1% share in January 2021, has gained new users during the past few months and now has 9.18% of the desktop market share. Unsurprisingly, Google Chrome is still in first place with 65.38% of the share.

By comparison, 10.38% of desktop users were surfing the web with Safari in January 2021, which suggests that Apple’s web browser has been losing ground to other alternatives. If Safari continues to lose users, it will probably slip to the third or fourth place in the ranking over the next few months.

What I find interesting here is that there is no mention of Brave or Vivaldi, which seem to be fairly popular browsers these days. I’m guessing that their market share may be too small to measure. So in the larger scheme of things, they’re not really as popular as one might think.

I was surprised to see that Firefox has been gaining new users. Safari has always been my primary browser, with Firefox as backup. But after Firefox started working with Facebook on a new proposal that aims to enable conversion measurement – or attribution – for advertising, I installed Brave and have been using it as my backup browser.

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