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IE soon to be dead?

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

This is the third post of a series analysing the trends in browsers uses on a website I am managing (previous posts were Is Firefox losing ground? and Standards compliant browsers neck and neck ).

I couldn’t post over the end of 2006 while I spent of the festive period back in France (which by the way reminds me of wishing you a happy new year), but here we are, back again with a lot of good resolutions.

I had a look this morning at the statistics of the Who’s Who in France browser access, and I could have shown yet another graph of Internet Explorer 7 taking ground over other versions of I… but it would have been a repeat of last post’s graph showing that IE7 use (nearly 17%) just has gone over Firefox (just 12%) and other browers (about 12%).

Instead I chose to draw a graph of the use of Internet Explorer (any version) over the past two years:

Internet Explorer statistics over 2005 and 2006

Internet Explorer has lost about 14% market share over the course of 2005 and 2006; and it looks like a pretty steady curve. If the trend is continued and Internet Explorer 7 doesn’t catch up (it doesn’t look like Vista is going to catch up soon neither), we could see something like Internet Explorer being taken over by another browser (Firefox 3?) in the next 2 to 3 years period.

It looks like people are starting to get used to something else than Microsoft’s browsing software… anyone in the run to create a brand new browser?

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Standards-compliant browsers, neck and neck

Friday, December 8th, 2006

This article is a follow-up of the article Is Firefox losing ground?.

It seems that in the past eight days IE7 has grown to get approximatively the same market share as Firefox…
Browser stats for 07/06 to 12/06 showing IE7, FF and others being neck-and-neck

although this trend tends to have stagnated in the past week:

IE7 stats for 30/11 to 08/12 2006

The coming weeks are going to be really interesting!

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Is Firefox losing ground?

Friday, December 1st, 2006

I am currently running a small experiment on the “spreading” of Firefox.

I am managing a public website (Who’s Who In France), mostly for fun and because I like the people behind this business, and we recently completely reworked the design so that it matches more closely to web standards; I am very close to the holy grail of XHTML validation, still have to figure out why when I am fixing the following validation errors, this valid page breaks…

Anyway, I have been looking at the logs in the past week and decided to draw a graph of the different shares of browsers access on the website, especially because I wanted to know how IE7 was doing.

The following graph is the result of my investigation of the statistics in the past 2 years (Internet Explorer in versions preceding IE7 have been omitted for improved legibility of the graph):

Browser statistics 2005-2006

2 interesting facts that I can see on this graph:

  • Internet Explorer 7 is gaining ground on previous versions; that was predictable as it is downloaded as part of Windows Update… myself included on the company laptop (for those who are interested, you can install previous versions of Internet Explorer for compatibility testing)
  • In 2006, other browsers have taken the high ground on Firefox; not everyone is happy with Firefox and the market for alternative browsers is very wide.

This makes me think that this experiment is far from being finished. I believe IE7 will ultimately gain ground on the alternative browsers. Not that I would like to, but I tested it and couldn’t really find anything that I disliked (so far).

Follow-ups in the coming weeks…

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