Net Applications revealed that Google Chrome's usage share dropped after the initial surge. “Google Chrome usage share has been dropping since its launch, but has stabilized at about .7%,” the outfit stated. This in the context in which Chrome exploded to over 1% of the browser market, more than Opera. Still, at the end of September 2008, Chrome accounted for no less than 0.78% of the browser market, a performance by any standards considering that just a month before, it had 0%.
Internet Explorer usage share dropped in September 2008 to 71.52% from August's 72.15%. Chrome failed to spare Firefox, which is down to 19.46% the past month from 19.73% in August. Even Opera went down from 0.74% in August to just 0.69%. Safari is the only browser that increased its usage share from 6.37% to 6.65% at the end of September.
Net Applications indicated that users of the Mozilla open source browser are rapidly making the jump from version 2.0 to 3.0. “Since August 25th, 51% of Firefox 2.0 users upgraded to version 3.0. This is the result of an update released by Mozilla. This update was offered to all 2.0 users,” Net Applications stated.