Friday, October 1, 2010

Users Making the Switch to Cutting Edge Browsers

New Web browser market share stats are out. This past month has seen a decline in the overall market share of the Internet Explorer franchise, but breaking things down by version shows that more users are adopting the latest generation of Web browsers whether it's Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer declined again in overall market share for the first time in a few months. The browser as a whole lost .75 percent--with Internet Explorer 6 dropping .63 percent, and Internet Explorer 7 falling half a percent. Those losses were offset, though, by yet another significant gain for Internet Explorer 8--climbing 1.16 percent since the last month.
Chrome 6 had by far the largest gain over the previous month, coupled with Chrome 5 taking the most precipitous plunge. Overall, Chrome is up slightly, but that is after a decline of 4.33 percent by Chrome 5 and a swift rise of 4.66 percent over the previous month for Chrome 6. Apparently the vast majority of Chrome users willingly embraced the latest browser and made the switch.
Firefox users followed the same trajectory. The use of Firefox 3.5 fell .18 percent. However, the latest official release, Firefox 3.6, went up .25 percent, and Firefox 4--which is still only in beta--went up .08 percent.
Even Internet Explorer 9 is riding the cutting edge browser popularity wave. It has only been two weeks since Microsoft publicly launched the beta of Internet Explorer 9 at a media event in San Francisco. In that brief period, though, the beta of Microsoft's next major update to the Internet Explorer Web browser has already been downloaded more than six million times.
In an Exploring IE blog post, Microsoft's Ryan Gavin notes, "Net Applications' browser usage share report released today shows IE9 Beta usage share at 0.25 percent for the two weeks after launch. The tech enthusiast community is observing a notable increase in IE9 activity: LiveSide reported IE9 Beta users accounted for 25 percent of their reader base, IE9 overtook IE6 users at DownloadSquad, and Network World reported poll results showing 47 percent of people intend to try IE9 Beta. Additionally, we saw tweets from the likes of Ed Bott who noticed, "Halfway through Day 1 of IE9 availability, 8 percent of my ZDNet visitors are using the beta. Steady increase all day, higher than IE7.""
Some of that upswing may be a function of the success of Windows 7 and an increase in PC sales. Users who have clung to outdated browsers like IE6 would suddenly have IE8 by default on a new Windows 7 system, and in the event that a user chooses not to use Internet Explorer, the likelihood is that they will install the latest version of whatever browser it is they opt to install.
Regardless, of the reasons behind the numbers, new Web technologies need new Web browsers, so the transition to cutting edge Web browsers benefits developers, as well as everyone else who surfs the Web.

20 comments:

  1. The more and more I read about all the security exploits to I.E., the sicker I become. It is so easy for IE to allow system privilages for remote hackers.

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  2. oh finally a really good post, supporting!

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  3. Yeah I'm with king here...IE is so vulnerable.

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  4. People still use IE?
    http://theliquorguy.blogspot.com/

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  5. @Chuck McElroy IV
    Only people that aren't aware about Firefox. When Chrome came out, I tried it but I didn't like it, so I'm still using Firefox.

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  7. Makes perfect sense. Users smart enough to use an alternative browser are also smart enough to update.

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  8. i tried to remove IE but it just comes back

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  9. LOL momo.
    You can't get rid of the damn thing.
    I agree.

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  10. I use google chrome. It has its problems, but it is better than Firefox.
    IE9 really isnt a bad explorer, though it is known for it's security issues...

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  11. lold when i see people still use IE

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  12. you know i use fire fox but id of liked to hear about how and why the explorers either lost or gained users. maybe even something about opera?

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  13. Using Mozilla here, still have not made the switch to Chrome

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  14. I know a guy who swears by IE. I'll never understand him. Personally, I'm loving my Firefox.

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  15. I use Chrome and Opera. Apparently Opera isn't cool enough D:

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  16. I have been using Chrome because I feel it has the most beneficial extensions. I recently switched over from Firefox, which was okay, but didn't utilize the screen size as much as I felt it should and make the extensions as easy to use or useful overall as Chrome.

    And IE 8, in my opinion, cant even compete. It's way slower than either of the two, at least on my computers

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  17. When microsoft releases IE9, they should make it a mandatory update with all windows updates. That way they can phase out 6,7,&8 more quickly

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  18. N4 IE. All the people rant about IE having exploits. Now that FF and chrome are starting t gain equal market share I suspect we will start seeing similar vulnerabilities. Just my 2c

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