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March 2015 Browser Share

by Matthew Adams

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As endjin.com gets a few tens of thousands of users a month, who tend to be focussed in the general segment of ‘Microsoft Platform Developers, Startups, Entrepreneurs, CIOs and CTOs”, we have (more out of interest than anything else) been keeping tabs on browser share.

We’re publishing those stats on the blog, as you might find them interesting too.

We also have a number of customer websites with interesting traffic numbers. For comparison, I’m going to publish some stats from a site whose audience has a high proportion of ABC1s, viewing in England.

Microsoft Platform Developers, CIOs, CTOs, Global

Browser January February March
Share % YoY Change
(%points)
Share % YoY Change
(%points)
Share % YoY Change
(%points)
Chrome 64 0 67 +4 61 -3
Firefox 16 0 17 -2 13 -5
Safari 9 +4 6 -1 17 +11
IE (all) 8 0 8 -1 7 -2

There’s a considerable uptick in Safari use, chiefly at the expense of Chrome and Firefox.

Drilling into IE versions:

IE Version January February March
Share % Share % Share %
IE 11 67 69 73
IE 10 14 12 11
IE 9 12 12 10
IE 8 6 6 4
IE 7 1 1 1
IE 6 0 0 0

The near-zero figures for IE6 and IE7 continue, and IE8 is has dropped two percentage points month-on-month. (It is down over 10 percentage points year-on-year).
IE11 picks up share again.

The take home message from these stats is that modern browsers represent 98% of all visits to the site from what might broadly be called technical users.

English ABC1s

Browser January February March
Share % YoY Change
(%points)
Share % YoY Change
(%points)
Share % YoY Change
(%points)
Chrome 29 0 30 +3 31 +5
Firefox 6 -1 7 -1 6 -3
Safari 46 +3 43 +1 43 +1
IE (all) 15 -2 16 -3 15 -3

Again, drilling into IE versions

IE Version January February March
Share % Share % Share %
IE 11 51 53 53
IE 10 10 12 11
IE 9 22 22 20
IE 8 14 12 12
IE 7 3 2 4
IE 6 0 0 0

The story of high Safari usage amongst ABC1s continues. 48% of visits now come in on mobile devices. The figure for iOS devices alone is 37%!

A statistical uptick in IE7 usage sets the heart pounding, but that still represents < 1% of all visits.

About the author

Matthew was CTO of a venture-backed technology start-up in the UK & US for 10 years, and is now a Founder of Endjin Ltd, which provides technology strategy, experience and development services to its clients who are seeking to take advantage of Microsoft Azure and the Cloud. You can follow Matthew on twitter.