I did a quick comparison (April 2009 vs. April 2010) to see how web browser usage had changed for one of my most-visited websites. Surprisingly, the percentage of visitors using Firefox had stayed very constant (24.4% in 2009 vs. 24.6% in 2010). The big shift was in the number of visitors choosing to move away from IE (down from 67.8% in 2009 to 59.5% in 2010). In a way it was to be expected given the ruling forcing Microsoft to tell its users that there were other browsers out there, but even so the magnitude of the drop surprised me a little. The big winners were Safari (up from 4.9% to 7.9%) and Chrome (up from 2.2% to 6.3%) – although as Chrome is the new kid on the block it’s perhaps not so surprising that its usage has grown. Where will it be in 2011 though?
My own usage hasn’t really shifted over the past year. I have been aware of other browsers, and need to use them all in the course of my work. I still mainly use Firefox (although I’m not always sure why). I guess we all use what we’re used to, and once our browsers are set up and configured to our liking it’s often a pain to move elsewhere. After all, they are all good and bad, with some faster than others but at the expense of fewer features etc.
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