Firefox continues to steal from Explorer

A week or so ago, Net Application released its data for November about the market share for browsers. November 2008 is a month to remember as it was the first month/time ever in history that Firefox passed 20% market share and Internet Explorer thereby fell below 70% for the first time. Chrome from Google continues to grow as the browser now moves out of beta. Mashable recently reported that Chrome has 10 million users, and also reported about users visiting mashable site, so I thought I’d do the same!
(Picture from Net Applications)

This is what you guys use to visit O&F. Noticeable is that Firefox kicks ass here.

  • It is interesting to note that out of all Net users, Explorer still holds a huge majority. However, in the Blogosphere, Mozilla, and Chrome have featured far higher shares than General Internet Use.

    This tends to suggest that those Computer-savvy/in the know/experienced/interested users are changing to Mozilla, or Chrome, in droves, and IE only really holds its lead in the novice category. This is mostly due to IE shipping with Windows as default and being the choice for OEMs. (Interestingly, Google is considering trying to get OEMs to ship Chrome with their machines!)

    Firefox kicks ass, and Chrome is certainly a potent weapon with only a few flaws, but IE is outdated, clumsy and generally inferior!

  • It is interesting to note that out of all Net users, Explorer still holds a huge majority. However, in the Blogosphere, Mozilla, and Chrome have featured far higher shares than General Internet Use.

    This tends to suggest that those Computer-savvy/in the know/experienced/interested users are changing to Mozilla, or Chrome, in droves, and IE only really holds its lead in the novice category. This is mostly due to IE shipping with Windows as default and being the choice for OEMs. (Interestingly, Google is considering trying to get OEMs to ship Chrome with their machines!)

    Firefox kicks ass, and Chrome is certainly a potent weapon with only a few flaws, but IE is outdated, clumsy and generally inferior!

  • I couldn’t agree more Freddi. I even believe users that are not among the savvy or experienced but still read and interact a lot in the Blogosphere also are running Mozilla (and/or Chrome) as their default choice, and certainly their definite choice over IE.

    While I believe this, the major issue here is as you mentioned the ‘overuse’ of IE among companies that run Windows. Windows being the key to it all in a sense, at least for MS.

  • I couldn’t agree more Freddi. I even believe users that are not among the savvy or experienced but still read and interact a lot in the Blogosphere also are running Mozilla (and/or Chrome) as their default choice, and certainly their definite choice over IE.

    While I believe this, the major issue here is as you mentioned the ‘overuse’ of IE among companies that run Windows. Windows being the key to it all in a sense, at least for MS.

  • Thanks for the reply Oscar!

    It is interesting for Microsoft, who have tried to diversify so much and so far, and yet most of their other products rely on the dominance of Windows over Linux or Mac. If Google did manage to persuade OEM’s to ship with Chrome, it would certainly put a dent in IE’s share, especially with Chrome’s somewhat IE7-like interface that lets any Average User convert and still be able to use Chrome easily…

    By the way, what did you use to generate those reports of browser share from your site. I currently use Google Analytics and i have so far been unable to find a browser report. Any ideas?

    Thanks

  • Thanks for the reply Oscar!

    It is interesting for Microsoft, who have tried to diversify so much and so far, and yet most of their other products rely on the dominance of Windows over Linux or Mac. If Google did manage to persuade OEM’s to ship with Chrome, it would certainly put a dent in IE’s share, especially with Chrome’s somewhat IE7-like interface that lets any Average User convert and still be able to use Chrome easily…

    By the way, what did you use to generate those reports of browser share from your site. I currently use Google Analytics and i have so far been unable to find a browser report. Any ideas?

    Thanks

  • Scrub that last, i found it in a custom report.

    On my tech-oriented blog, an impressive 62.5 percent of my visitors use Chrome, just 25 percent use Firefox, and a lone 12% percent use IE. My IE visitors use IE7, all my Firefox users were using v3, and my Chrome users were 60/40 v0.4 to v1.

    Very similar to your own stats, but with Chrome and Firefox almost reversed!

    They only serve to vindicate our own theories anyway, but interesting nonetheless…

  • Scrub that last, i found it in a custom report.

    On my tech-oriented blog, an impressive 62.5 percent of my visitors use Chrome, just 25 percent use Firefox, and a lone 12% percent use IE. My IE visitors use IE7, all my Firefox users were using v3, and my Chrome users were 60/40 v0.4 to v1.

    Very similar to your own stats, but with Chrome and Firefox almost reversed!

    They only serve to vindicate our own theories anyway, but interesting nonetheless…