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News: Almost 20 Years After First Version, Safari Celebrates More Than 1 Billion Active Users

When the first version of Safari hit the market, the internet was a completely different world. The dominance of Microsoft's Internet Explorer was the face the term, "web browser". More than 90% of all web users maneuvered their way throughout the early days of the web with the help of the Redmond-based company's browser. Internet Explorer was the standard web browser on not only Windows, but also on the Mac until the start of 2003 – when there was the announcement of a "turbo browser for Mac OS X" at MacWorld in San Francisco. The final version of Safari was made available in June 2003 after several months of beta testing. An interesting side note: The product name was chosen on short from a list of other potential pilot names including Freedom, iBrowse, and Alexander.

Safari Passes 1 Billion User Mark
At the time, hardly any would've believed that Safari would one day come to possess more than 1 billion active users. Apple was a comparatively small company and even though many Mac users jumped on the opportunity to switch to Safari, this only accounted for a small share of the market for the web browser. Now, according to AtlasVPN, it has managed to reach a significant waypoint – more than 1 billion active users. The reason for this, of course, has less so to do with Safari for the Mac than the widespread usage of the browser on iPhone. This means that there are now two web browsers with a 9 figure user base – although there's still some significant distance between place 1, 2, and 3 on AtlasVPN's list. Chrome has around 3.3 billion users whereas Microsoft Edge has around 213 million.



Desktop Category – Safari, Place 3
When solely the desktop market is taken into consideration, Safari places 3 instead of 2 on the list – making the most-used desktop web browsers Chrome (~66%), Edge (~10%), and Safari (9.6%). These numbers come from a report by Statcounter posted last month. In a way, things are still more or less how they were two decades ago, although there's a different market leader now – there's still only one web browser with a very a clear (although this go around somewhat smaller) lead of the desktop market.

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