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Numbers: The Browser Wars

Browser share by month to this space. I only have consistent data since April, because that’s when I finally relented and transitioned the bulk of my web analytics chores to Google. Still, the data over time – as opposed to the occasional snapshots – is interesting. Clearly traction for Chrome is growing. Largely, though by no means solely, at Firefox’s expense.

This is even more interesting given the audience to this space. As a specialized outlet, tecosystems is not remotely representative of trends in the market broadly. You don’t have to look any further than IE’s marketshare to understand that. Nothing about the wider market of Firefox or Chrome can be understood from these numbers.

What might be extracted, however, are trends about a certain type of user. What you make of these trends depends, of course, on the relative importance of that type of user to your particular project. More on that later. Until then, in case you’re curious, the data is here.

P.S. Before you say anything, I am aware that the above chart is abominably ugly. But Tableau Public was down this morning, and I don’t have time to mess around with custom Javascript charts, so Google Docs was the best I could do in the meantime.

Categories: Analytics, browsers.