Browser market, shares more evenly

Dec 20th, 2008 Posted in F/LOSS News | 1 Comment »

One of the blogs I read regularly is from Matt Cutts, one of the Google Webspam people (some fluff, some stuff, and occasionally some really good tips on SEO).  A recent post delineated the browser stats for his blog visitors, and I was astonished at the almost 60% Firefox share.

Went to check the stats on a non-techy (restaurant) site and, while not in the 60% range, the growth of Firefox as a browser has been very strong and shows a jump from 5% to 27% usage. Are you seeing a similar trend on sites that you webmaster?

2004
MS Internet Explorer – 83.6 %
Safari – 5.5 %
Firefox – 4.6 %

2006
MS Internet Explorer – 66.9 %
Firefox – 17.6 %
Safari – 11.4 %

2008
MS Internet Explorer – 51.3 %
Firefox – 27.2 %
Safari – 18.4 %

I’m also seeing a 10% jump in Macintosh visitors (from 16% to 25%) with a corresponding drop in Windows (from 81% to 71%) in the same time period.

It really isn’t a Windows/IE only world out there anymore.