Monday, 06 March 2017 10:35

Browser usage: Chrome soars as IE, Edge fall

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Creating versions of the same browser for all platforms appears to be paying off handsomely for Google, if usage figures for its Chrome browser are any indication.

Over the two years from March 2015, Chrome grew in market share from 25.4% to 57.13%, according to figures available at Net Application's NetMarketShare.

Chrome is a proprietary browser made by Google; the company also makes a browser named Chromium that is open source.

The browser to have seen the biggest drop in usage, according to these figures, is Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which has dropped from 46.06% to 13.17%.

This drop is not compensated for by the figures for the company's new browser Edge, available in Windows 10, which commands just 3.84%. Neither IE nor Edge are available for other platforms.

Apple's Safari, which is again a single-platform browser, has seen little movement, with 11.96% Apple users utilising it in March 2015 and 11.91% in February 2017.

Firefox has seen bigger user movement than Safari, falling from 9.71% to 8.01%.

There is a somewhat surprising number of "other" browser users: 5.94% in February 2017. This figure, too, has shown a downward trend from 6.87% in March 2015.

This presmuably includes browsers like Opera, Brave, Vivaldi, Konqueror and Web (originally called Epiphany).

NetMarketShare collects data from visitors to its network of HitsLink Analytics and SharePost clients. It says the network includes over 40,000 websites, and spans the globe.

Of its data collection, it says: "We 'count' unique visitors to our network sites, and only count one unique visit to each network site per day. This is part of our quality control process to prevent fraud, and ensure the most accurate portrayal of Internet usage market share. The data is compiled from approximately 160 million unique visits per month."

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Sam Varghese

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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