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Jeremy Walker

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Fewer than 2% of Reddit users visiting my blog use Internet Explorer

I was checking Analytics yesterday and noticed that in the last few days I've had quite a lot of traffic from Reddit. I dug a little deeper and turned up these browser stats:

Browser My Site Official Stats
Chrome53.88%38.3%
Firefox19.64%35.8%
Safari10.34%4.5%
Opera1.55%2.3%
Internet Explorer1.16%18.3%

Internet Explorer's share is less than 2%

Most of the people visiting this site from Reddit will be interested in my articles on web development. Most of these people will have been stung by Internet Explorer and will avoid it like the plague. In many ways, I'm surprised that any visitors at all were using it. Even so, seeing a number of 1.16% did still shock me.

Web developers aside, Internet Explorer is still losing ground dramatically. Usage is dropping rapidly throughout all demographics. Rob White, who works on various websites that have a older, non-technical audience, messaged me saying that on his sites "IE is losing a percentage point each month." As sons and daughters try and help secure their families' computers and make their browsing experiences more enjoyable, it seems the move from IE is now probably irreversible.

Safari is doing well, but could be doing better

There strikes me as two reasons for Safari having double its normal share. Firstly, in my experience, usage of Apple products is much higher among web developers than among the general population. Many of these developers will still have Safari set to be their default browser. It's the equivalent of a Windows user having IE still set as their default.

Secondly, I suspect that a lot of Reddit users read articles on their iPad/iPhone. In fact I am actually surprised that there wasn't a higher volume of traffic coming from mobile. I would expect to see this number rise dramatically over the next two years.

Chrome dominates

Firefox used to be all the range around geeks. It was the first viable alternative to IE since the Netscape browser war. I'm really not sure how Chrome infiltrated the market so successfully, but it has. I avoid Firefox now. I find it slower and buggier than Chrome, and that it lacks polish. From a development point of view, Chrome's Developer Tools have taken what Firebug started, and turned into something more usable and powerful.

So just how far can Chrome go? It's gaining 1-2% a month, and shows no signs of letting down. As it becomes more prevalent on mobile and tablets, could this be the browser that finally stands out as the long-term winner?

Not shocking, but nevertheless interesting

So there's nothing too shocking about these statistics, but they do re-enforce what we know already, that people are moving away from IE, towards Chrome, and using mobile more.

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Zeken Fulope

Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all of us you actually understand what you are speaking about! Bookmarked.

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