It’s a few months since I examined browser market shares so it’s time to analyse the figures again to see whether there have been any significant changes in the first half of 2010.
|Worldwide Browser Statistics February to July 2010|
The change column shows the absolute increase or decrease in market share. The relative column shows that change in relation to its February 2010 share, e.g. 22.2% of IE7 users abandoned the browser during the past six months.
IE8 and Firefox 3.5+ are still gaining ground but primarily because previous versions have dropped. IE8’s growth has been particularly impressive and it’s now retaken Firefox’s lead to become the most-used browser.
A few slightly misleading articles have appeared about IE’s growth during the past few days. IE8 has overtaken Firefox 3.5+ but the total market share for all versions of IE has dropped by 1.9%. Mozilla can’t be complacent: Firefox’s total share has also reduced by 0.7%.
The best news is that IE6 usage has fallen below 10%! It also holds less than 4.5% of the market in North America and Europe. However, be wary if you’re trading in Africa or Asia where almost 1 in 5 web users still use Microsoft’s ancient browser.
Opera has barely changed although it’s improved since April. Safari’s previous small gain has been wiped out. I expected it to do a little better following the launch of Apple’s iPad and iPhone 4.
Chrome remains the biggest winner and should reach double figures within a couple of months. 50% growth within 6 months is impressive — take note Microsoft and Mozilla. Could we see a 3-way tie between IE, Firefox and Chrome within the next few years?
Craig is a freelance UK web consultant who built his first page for IE2.0 in 1995. Since that time he's been advocating standards, accessibility, and best-practice HTML5 techniques. He's created enterprise specifications, websites and online applications for companies and organisations including the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Microsoft, and more. He's written more than 1,000 articles for SitePoint and you can find him @craigbuckler.
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