Browser Wars: Usage stats for June 2011

Has Microsoft been able to reclaim lost market share with Internet Explorer 9? Does Google Chrome show any signs of slowing down? How has Opera and Firefox fared in the fight?

July 15, 2011
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The web browser is considered by many to be the most important piece of software on a computer.

Google has even gone so far as to build an operating system and a brand of netbook PCs whose main purpose is running their Chrome browser.

Many of the major browser makers have launched new versions of their software in the last month: Mozilla launched Firefox 5, Google released Chrome 12, and Opera took the “beta” flag off version 11.50 of their browser.

Since none of these browser versions were released at the start of the month however, the impact their launch will have on the overall marketshare still remains to be seen.

Microsoft made the first stable release of Internet Explorer 9 available earlier this year (March 2011), but the refresh of their dominant browser seemed to do little to stem the decline in its usage share.

The table below shows the browser usage share worldwide and in South Africa, according to StatCounter. StatCounter claims to have a sample with over 15 billion pageviews per month across 3 million websites.

Browser Worldwide South Africa
Internet Explorer 43.58% 59.87%
Firefox 28.34% 20.59%
Chrome 20.65% 13.99%
Safari 5.07% 3.9%
Opera 1.74% 1.25%
Other 0.62% 0.40%

Though there are disputes regarding the accuracy of the statistics collected by organisations like StatCounter, they remain useful to spot trends in browser usage.

When one looks at the data for the last 12 months for instance, it shows that Internet Explorer has been rapidly losing market share while Chrome has been gaining.

In the last few months Firefox and Opera have also lost out on usage, while Safari has slowly increased its share.

We wanted to see how MyBroadband’s userbase compared to the global stats, so the table and graph below show the browser usage statistics for mybroadband.co.za for June 2011.

Rank Browser 2011 June
1 Internet Explorer 33.73%
2 Firefox 31.41%
3 Chrome 21.98%
4 Safari 5.83%
5 Opera Mini 3.75%
6 Opera 1.99%
7 Other 1.31%
MyBroadband June 2011 browser usage graph

MyBroadband June 2011 browser usage graph

When compared with stats from earlier in the year, MyBroadband’s statistics paint a similar picture to those of StatCounter, though Firefox, IE and Chrome compete on a more even footing than they seem to globally.

Tags: Apple, Chrome, firefox, Google, Headline, internet explorer, Microsoft, mozilla, Opera, safari

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