BetaNews reported today that Mozilla Firefox passed 10% of browsers market share which was 9.75% in February. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still holds a commanding lead with 84.7 percent of the market, Net Applications said. Apple’s Safari Web browser also continues to be on the rise, clocking in a 3.19 percent usage share in March, according to Net Applications. Netscape was listed in the fourth spot with 1.05 percent of the market, followed by Opera with 0.54 percent.
However, according to another analytics firm, Firefox had already surpassed 10 percent market share last November. OneStat.com reported at the time that Mozilla browsers had reached 11.51 percent usage globally based on a sample of two million users from 100 companies.
Despite the conflicting numbers, it’s clear that Firefox continues to gain a foothold — especially overseas. Internet Explorer, meanwhile, is continuing its slow slide. The ubiquitous browser held 86 percent of the market last November, and its market share of the browser has fallen every month except one since December 2004, when it controlled 90.31 percent of the market.