To find out what browsers people are using, I decided to go find some data. I quickly discovered some interesting stats at http://w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp . There are twice as many people using IE6 than Safari??!! Wow. After studying the data, I was reminded that w3schools doesn’t really provide good data for my purposes because your mom, daughter, doctor, dentist, accountant, and coworkers in HR never visit w3schools.com. It’s a site for technical people looking to learn more about web development! The data is still interesting but keep reading…
I recently discovered a goldmine of information maintained by our new friends from Omniture called SiteCatalyst NetAverages, an online service that provides insight into current Internet usage trends. The data is based on anonymous aggregate unique visits across the majority of Omniture customers. These sites are the big leagues and they are visited daily by your mom, daughter, doctor, dentist, accountant and co-workers in HR.
I won’t waste your time analyzing the results. Take a look for yourself. The charts below are from last month (May 2010).
After looking at this data, I realize that we are dealing with two different challenges. The first challenge is getting all vendors to agree on the numerous aspects of the standard and implement them consistently across all supported platforms (I have to admit that I’m skeptical. History does not build any confidence). The second challenge is the rate of adoption. Although Flash Player 10 was quickly adopted (over 90% in only a few months), new browser technology moves much slower. I do think that HTML 5 will be adopted faster than previous browser advancements because the new features are compelling, but the reality is that it will take some serious time. Keep in mind that IE 6 was introduced in 2001 and it still appears in the chart! It’s depressing!
If you would like to see data from another source, check out NetMarketShare – the results are even more surprising (they show IE 6 at 17.6%!). Check out their OS version chart – Windows XP still at 62%??!! Now that I think about it, my accountant does still use Windows XP. Thankfully my mom has a loving son that upgrades her often. 🙂