Browser Wars: IE gains as others lose

October 2012 was an interesting month in the desktop browser space

By - November 8, 2012
FF IE Chrome

Microsoft‘s Internet Explorer (IE) browser has gained users, while Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple’s Safari all lost users in October 2012, according to the Net Applications NetMarketshare index.

Internet Explorer’s market share (54.13%) is at its highest point since September 2011 (54.39%), NetMarketshare stats reveal.

IE9 broke the 20% market share mark, while IE8’s user base also climbed slightly in October 2012.

The browser usage numbers from StatCounter paint a different picture, however, but its worth noting that the two analytics companies have different methods of reporting their stats.

StatCounter says on its website that it uses raw pageviews for its statistics, whereas Net Applications uses unique visitors weighted by the number of Internet users in a country.

The table below shows the different market share statistics as reported by the two companies, along with StatCounter’s report of browser usage in South Africa.

Desktop browser stats: 2012 October
Browser Net Applications: Global StatCounter: Global StatCounter: South Africa
Internet Explorer 54.13% 32.08% 46.63%
Chrome 18.55% 34.77% 23.04%
Firefox 19.99% 22.32% 19.19%
Safari 5.21% 7.81% 8.17%
Opera 1.63% 1.63% 1.06%
Other 0.49% 1.39% 1.91%
StatCounter global browser usage share: October 2012

StatCounter global browser usage share: October 2012

One possible conclusion that can be drawn from the difference between Net Applications and StatCounter’s figures is that although there are more individual users of Internet Explorer, users of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browse more web pages.

Unfortunately this can’t be said with certainty as the two companies gather and analyse their own sets of data.

However, the browser usage statistics on MyBroadband are in line with this hypothesis that Internet Explorer has a far lower market share when measuring pageviews rather than unique users.

The table below summaries the visitor and pageview percentages by browser according to MyBroadband’s October 2012 Google Analytics report:

MyBroadband browser stats: October 2012
Browser Visits Pageviews
Chrome 34.04% 37.73%
Internet Explorer 25.55% 21.78%
Firefox 21.84% 26.84%
Safari 10.23% 7.53%
Opera Mini 2.73% 1.93%
Android Browser 2.05% 1.42%
Safari (in-app) 0.93% 0.49%
Other 2.63% 2.28%

Browser Wars: Stats for September 2012

Chrome overtakes Firefox in SA

Google Chrome overtakes Microsoft Internet Explorer

Browser wars escalate in the mobile space

Mobile wars make tough calls for publishers

Share your thoughts

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – more technology images

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

If South Africa was to have only one capital, which city should it be?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Zuma’s 21 principles for the new era of state-owned entities

Jacob Zuma South Africa flag

President Jacob Zuma released a report on Friday that will guide the state’s reformation of South Africa’s State Owned Enterprises.

Can you fall in love with a robot this Valentine’s Day?

Robot lover

While some may compare this to objectophilia, we must ask whether this can truly be the case when the object is a robot that appears and acts like a human.

This is how Anonymous hacked over 200 South African websites

Anonymous

Hackers have defaced hundreds of South African websites hosted with Webafrica.

Fastest broadband speed: 1.125Tbps

Fibre internet cable

A new record for the fastest ever data rate for digital information has been set by UCL researchers in the Optical Networks Group.

X

Newsletter Subscription


Name
Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image


Free MyBroadband Newsletter
Subscribe
x