Web Browser Popularity Statistics
by Ron Kurtus (revised 3 May 2014)
Web designers must be aware of the differences in the appearance of their pages on the different Internet browsers. Issues include rendering speed, adherence to Internet standards and consistency in dealing with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer are presently the most popular desktop web browsers. Safari and Android are the most popular mobile browsers.
Questions you may have include:
- Why should designers be aware?
- What are the statistics for personal computer browsers?
- What are the statistics for mobile browsers?
This lesson will answer those questions.
When you design a website, you want to make sure that the web pages appear correctly on the various Internet browsers. As part of this, you need to define your target audience and have an idea of what they use to view your website.
Note: Top web design applications such as Adobe Dreamweaver allow you to see how your pages look on the various popular browsers, in order to avoid viewing issues.
If a large number of people accessing your website probably have older browser versions, you also need to be aware and check rendering in those cases.
Desktop browser statistics
Since browser statistics are difficult to accurately attain, they vary between sources analyzing the data. As of February 2014, the following statistics from Wikimedia are:
Google Chrome: 28% - 57.5
Microsoft Internet Explorer: 17% - 9.7%
Mozilla Firefox: 12% - 25.6
Safari (desktop): 4% - 3.9
Other desktop: 5%
Total desktop: 65%
Internet Explorer problems
Since Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) has not followed Internet standards, it is good to know the percent of people using the older versions of IE. For example, media queries required for responsive websites do not work in IE 8 and older. There are also problems with border spacings.
Percentages IE users, as of Oct. 2014, taken from W3Schools are:
IE 11: 4.3%
IE 10: 1.5%
IE 9: 1.8%
IE 8: 1.6%
IE 7: 0.2%
IE 6: 0.0%
IR total: 9.5%
Mobile browser statistics
The use of mobile browsers has been increasing. Tablet computers and smart phones are both considered mobile devices. Android and Apple iOS are the main mobile operating systems.
Safari: 18% - 1.3 - - 4.3
Android: 13% - 2.0 - 5
Total mobile: 35% - 4% - 17.3%
You need to be aware of what browsers most users of your website are using. Browser statistics can be useful in making determinations.
Provide an excellent product for your customers
Resources and references
Usage share of web browsers - Wikipedia - averages several sources
StatCounter - Desktop - Graphical outputs
StatCounter - Mobile - Graphical outputs
Wikimedia - Extensive statistics
Browser Statistics - NetMarketSahre
Top Five Browsers - StatCounter
Web Browser Market Share - StatOwl
Web browsers (Global marketshare) - Clicky
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