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Web browser market share- latest research results

September 17, 2012 By: Dr Search Principal Consultant at the Search Clinic Category: Browser, Customer Service, Google, internet, Microsoft, Mozilla, Technology Companies, Uncategorized

The lastest web browser market share results have been announced for August 2012.Web browser market share- latest research resultsIt’s been a while since the Search Clinic last looked at the web browser share statistics- 2010 to be precise, when the Internet Explorer browser fell below 50 per cent market share.

Then the usage breakdown was Internet Explorer had a 49.87 per cent share of the global browser market, with Mozilla’s Firefox on 31.5 per cent market share, while Google’s Chrome browser accounted for only 11.54 per cent of the market.

The figures were researched by StatCounter.

The latest figures below have again been compiled by StatCounter and are based on analysis from 3 million websites.

The statistics for web browser market share in August 2012 show that now Chrome is top of the tree with a total web browser market share of 33.58%.

Internet Explorer now has a total share of 32.81%.

With the Firefox web browser now having a share of 22.86%.

Two other thoughts are that in 2010 the three browsers had a total share of 92.91- last month that dominance had only dropped to 89.25% and that despite Apple’s recent growth thier Safari browser is still a great distance away from disturbing that dominance.

Mozilla Firefox web browser to keep Google as default search engine

January 09, 2012 By: Dr Search Principal Consultant at the Search Clinic Category: Browser, Google, internet, Mozilla, Technology Companies, Twitter, Uncategorized

Mozilla has announced that it had “negotiated a significant and mutually beneficial revenue agreement” with Google for the next three years.Mozilla Firefox web browser to keep Google as default search engineSome people had wondered whether Google would back out of the deal as it tries to grow the market share of its own Chrome browser.

Mozilla relies heavily on the income generated by search partnerships.

“Under this multi-year agreement, Google Search will continue to be the default search provider for hundreds of millions of Firefox users around the world,” said Gary Kovacs, Mozilla’s chief executive.

Alan Eustace, Google’s senior vice-president of search, said: “Mozilla has been a valuable partner to Google over the years and we look forward to continuing this great partnership in the years to come.”

The foundation said the exact terms of the deal would not be disclosed.

In its accounts for 2010, the Mozilla Foundation said it earned £77 million ($121.1 million) from agreements with Google, Microsoft and others. The Google agreement was thought to make up about 85% of that amount.

The previous deal, which ran out in November, was signed before Google’s Chrome browser had gained a presence in the so-called “browser war”.

Some internet monitoring organisations suggest Chrome has overtaken Firefox to become the world’s second most widely used browser, behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

Many put this down to lavish advertising campaigns undertaken by the search company across the world.

Chrome’s launch and subsequent growth has now put it in direct competition with Firefox, yet Google remains financially responsible for Mozilla’s survival.

Firefox 9, the Mozilla browser’s latest incarnation, was launched last month.

Mozilla said it was “30% faster” than previous versions – a problem that has been cited by many users switching to Chrome.

Chrome browser overtakes Firefox to become world’s second most popular

December 07, 2011 By: Dr Search Principal Consultant at the Search Clinic Category: Apple, Broadband, Browser, Customer Service, Ecommerce, Google, Microsoft, mobile phones, Mozilla, smart phones, Technology Companies, Uncategorized

Google’s Chrome has overtaken Mozilla’s Firefox as the world’s number two browser behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer last month, according StatCounter. Chrome browser overtakes Firefox to become world's second most popularThe findings quote Chrome’s worldwide market share at 25.69% and Firefox’s at 25.23%. Internet Explorer, according to the same findings, dominates worldwide market share at 40.63%.

In the U.S., meanwhile, Chrome is still number three with 17.3%, a 6.41% jump compared to last November. Internet Explorer held the top spot with 50.66% and grew by 0.42%. Firefox was second with 20.09%.

Internet Explorer’s commanding lead has been challenged by the browser’s near absence from smartphones and tablets.

Last month, another researcher, Netmarketshare, reported that Internet Explorer’s share dipped below 50% for the first time.

Safari, Apple’s default browser on the iPhone and the iPad, claimed 62.17% of mobile traffic. Internet Explorer, meanwhile, had 52.63% of desktop traffic, according to the researcher.

Chrome may be coming to Google’s mobile Android platform soon, according to reports. The 3-year-old browser’s growth, which benefits from being promoted on Google.com, hit 200 million users in October.

Chrome also became the most popular browser for accessing Mashable in August.

Internet Explorer users have below average IQ

July 29, 2011 By: Dr Search Principal Consultant at the Search Clinic Category: internet, Microsoft, Mozilla, Technology Companies, Uncategorized

Users of the Internet Explorer web browser tend to have lower than average IQ-  according to a survey of online habits.Internet Explorer users have below average IQA psychometric consulting firm called AptiQuant gave free online IQ tests to 100,000 people, and then plotted the scores against the browser on which the tests were taken.

It found that Internet Explorer users scored lower than average IQ, while Chrome, Firefox and Safari users were very slightly above average.

Camino, Opera and Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame were scored “exceptionally” high.

“The study showed a substantial relationship between an individual’s cognitive ability and their choice of web browser,” AptiQuant concluded.

“From the test results, it is a clear indication that individuals on the lower side of the IQ scale tend to resist a change/upgrade of their browsers.”

Some people have suggested that there may be other factors at work.

Since IE is the default browser for Windows PC users, anyone who doesn’t know how to download and install a new browser will be stuck with it – “which drags down the average”.

And users of other browsers “include a disproportionate number of computer geeks”, which might bring their average up.

Or, they admit, it might be that “IE users really are kind of dumb.”

Within the group of IE users, version 6 users score lowest, while users of version 8 do rather better.

The overall chart shows that Firefox has the smallest percentage of low-IQ users, and the largest of average or high-IQ users. A similar study five years ago found that users had broadly similar IQs.

But if you ever want to argue that Internet Explorer 6 users are too stupid to upgrade, at least now you’ve got some empirical evidence.

Mozilla starts coding for mobiles and tablets

July 27, 2011 By: Dr Search Principal Consultant at the Search Clinic Category: Customer Service, Ecommerce, internet, mobile phones, Mozilla, smart phones, Technology Companies, Uncategorized

The creators of the Firefox web browser have started developing an operating system (OS) for mobiles and tablets.
Mozilla starts coding for mobiles and tabletsAlthough the project will draw on some parts of Google’s Android mobile operating system much of the code will be freshly written.

Once finished the operating system will compete with Android as it will run on the same devices.

The project team said all code development would be done in the open and shared as soon as it was written.

Called Boot To Gecko the code creation is being overseen by the Mozilla Project which created the Firefox browser. It was announced on the Mozilla discussion forum by researcher Andreas Gal.

Gecko is the rendering engine that powers the Firefox browser and the Thunderbird email program. A rendering engine interprets the code on webpages and displays it in the right format on screen.

With B2G, the Mozilla developers aim to get applications running without the need for the browser, effectively creating a web-centred operating system.

It will draw on some core parts of Android but aims to add a wrapper around it that is much more open than the one created by Google.

If successful, the project will face stiff competition from Google’s Android and Chrome as well as Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.

The Mozilla team admitted that the project was in its “infancy” but said it already created some basic software from building blocks that are similar to those needed to get the OS running.

The team said they were publicising the project to root out experts in the Mozilla community and elsewhere who could help and encouraged them to get in touch and sign on.

Mr Gal said the project had set its sights high and wanted to do it “the way we think open source should be done”.

Its ultimate goal, he said, was “breaking the stranglehold of proprietary technologies over the mobile device world”.