Monday, September 20, 2010

Browsers: should I be concerned?

I have been playing with the Blogger Stats recently, and saw this little pie chart. It describes what web browsers my readers are using.

Frankly, I am a little shocked at Internet Explorer having such a majority. Now, I am no Micrsoft hater. I am, primarily, a Windows tech. I don't currently run any Linux. I do, however, find IE to be rather clumsy, and a little limited. Safari, Chrome, and Opera are all a bit uncomfortable to me. I wonder why more of my readers are not Firefox users. Any thoughts?


dfordoom said...

I've used Firefox and I've had nothing but trouble with it, both on my old PC and on my current Mac. But especially on the Mac. I mostly use Chrome. I don't like it, but other Mac browsers are even worse.

But for posting to blogspot I use Camino because it's the only Mac browser that doesn't make a complete mess of my posts.

I haven't used IE for years. I didn't know anyone still used it.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I've played with a lot of them, mostly the Mozilla based ones. I am not a fan of Safari. The wife uses Firefox on her Mac, and as far as I know she has no problems.

Chrome I am on the fence about. I had a serious virus problem on my old Vista laptop that seemed to be associated with Chrome, but also related to Adobe's update application. I may go back to Chrome on my netbook, as the full screen mode seems to work better.

Ghidorah said...

I'm a happy Chrome user on Linux.
No problem with it.

The weird part is that the browser share on my blog are totally different than your (although we more of less target the same audience)

Darius Whiteplume said...

That is strange. I do like the Konqueror browser on KDE Linux, but I have been on Firefox for so long (even when I was a Linux user) that it is just more comfortable. I guess the same could be said for my IE users?

Lazarus Lupin said...

Easy, I'm an educated idiot. I know enough to limp through the net and really not much more. So I stay with what is (mostly) working for me.

Lazarus Lupin
art and review

Anonymous said...

(1) MS IE explorer is dominant because of the past 10 years of MS making it the only browser on its OS for the everyday user to use at first attempt of getting online. MS's various Windows operating systems makes up 90 percent of the world's computer users.

(2) Firefox, while very trailblazing in the past 4 years, is now at a plateau. Firefox is unlikely to grow any stronger due to the advent of Google's Chrome browser which is basically a juggernaut that keeps growing each month. Within 2 years Chrome will be the 2nd biggest browser used. In general, Google Chrome is the preferred choice of computer geeks now, and the only advantage Firefox has at this point is add-ons. However, with enough time, say a year, Chrome will have a respectable, vast add-on collection too.

(3) Safari is generally considered a lame browser, even by the Apple fanbois. Safari is never gonna grow. Even Apple treats its own browser as a backburner issue for them to work on.

(4) All minor-league browser designed for Linux users (seamonkey, konqueor, etc.) are gonna be small time because Linux OS is very small time in terms of world percentage use. Linux OSs put together equal 1 percent of world use. And yes, Google's Chrome browser and upcoming Chrome OS are based off of Linux coding, but in truth they are not exactly Linux.

Bob "Melon" Melonosky said...

This was an interesting post.

My blogger stats have always showed way less IE users than I expected.

Firefox 42%
IE 28%
Chrome 16%
Safari 9%
Opera 2%

Darius Whiteplume said...

@Lazarus - I understand. They used to make us use IE at work, and I hated it. This was pre-tabbed-browsing IE. I need my tabs :-D

@Anon - I did not mind Safari so much on Windows, but when I use it on the wife's Mac I don't like it at all. I used to have a ton of different browsers installed to verify what my webdev looked like. Now I just worry about the big two.

@Bob - Glad you liked it. I am surprised at how low the Firefox usage is on mine, being such a nerd-centric blog. :-)

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