Browser Statistics and Trends

I came across a few interesting web sites that gather statistics on browser and operating system usage. These are Net Applications.com and W3Schools.

The figures vary between the two sites but if you look closer you can see both show a common market trend. Net Applications.com for example shows the Firefox browser having a market share of 12.96% for October 2006 which seems a reasonably accurate figure to me. W3Schools shows Firefox having a much higher market share of 28% for the same month, but the figures it uses are for “people with an interest for web technologies.”.

Even though the percentage figures are different for both sites, the overall trend is the same. Internet Explorer is still the major player but Firefox is continuing to chip away at its market share.

There are also a good set of statistics on browser usage at Wikipedia if you want to go into further detail.

Now that Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2 have been released it will be interesting to see whether Microsoft will be able to reverse this trend and take back any market share from Mozilla. I wrote a review of Internet Explorer 7 last month and it is certainly now on a more level playing field with Firefox 2 with regard to features.

The next few months will be interesting. I don’t expect to see a decrease in market share for Firefox 2, but can it take any more market share from Internet Explorer 7. I will keep an eye on these statistics and let you know.

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