Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Oct 2006 14:12 UTC
Internet Explorer Recent high-profile security problems with Internet Explorer have done little to dent its market share - or maybe not, according to conflicting reports on web browser use. Web analytics firm OneStat.com reckons that IE's global usage share is 85.85 per cent, an increase of 2.8 per cent since July 2006. Mozilla Firefox's open source browser claims second place with a share of 11.49 per cent, a decrease of 1.44 per cent since July 2006. Apple's Safari claimed 1.61 per cent (down 0.23 per cent), and Opera held 0.69 per cent of the market. However, statistics from websites tools firm Net Applications, cited by Ars Technica, paint a contrasting picture.
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This is randomness but...
by Tuishimi on Fri 13th Oct 2006 17:11 UTC
Tuishimi
Member since:
2005-07-06

I would take Ars Technica's figures over WebAnalytics.

I find it difficult to believe that fewer people are using Firefox/Mozilla... Once people where I work started discovering Firefox (developers anyway), the immediately began switching over. The variety of plugins available (especially to aid in development) are just handy and the browser renders well and quickly. It's more configurable... etc.

IE has barely changed in a decade.

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RE: This is randomness but...
by rjamorim on Fri 13th Oct 2006 23:04 in reply to "This is randomness but..."
rjamorim Member since:
2005-12-05

I find it difficult to believe that fewer people are using Firefox/Mozilla... Once people where I work started discovering Firefox (developers anyway), the immediately began switching over.

I think one factor that leads people to switch back to IE is the enormous amount of broken and uncompliant sites out there that only work properly on IE. My internet banking site is just like that.

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RE[2]: This is randomness but...
by hal2k1 on Sat 14th Oct 2006 07:47 in reply to "RE: This is randomness but..."
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

//... sites out there that only work properly on IE. My internet banking site is just like that.//

Heavens above!

Internet banking is the very last thing you want to be doing if you are running IE.

Personally, I would only use my Banks Internet banking when I found it worked perfectly using Firefox on Linux if I spoofed the useragent. The bank was lying about "requires IE".

I let the bank know all about this. Since the banks terms & conditions said that if I was to use their Internet banking, I was responsible keep my system secure ... I let them know also that in order to do that I couldn't use IE.

Eventually (in the face of approx 20% of their customer using firefox) they gave in. Their site now "officially" supports Firefox (even though it unoficially did so all along).

Edited 2006-10-14 07:52

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