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More Than Half of Computer Users Now Run Firefox

Browser StatisticsStatistics from the exo.performance.network indicate that over half of computer users (50.6 percent) are now using the Firefox browser, InfoWorld reports. Despite this, Internet Explorer is still widely used, with 84 percent of users still turning to it “regularly.”

These numbers indicate that a large number of people use more than one browser. This is hardly surprising, given the addition of newer browsers like Google Chrome and Safari for Windows, and the recent upgrade of Opera.

It’s evident that web designers and developers will continue to need to support multiple browsers, and while modern browsers are generally more compatible than they have been in the past, developers will need to plan testing of their applications accordingly.

Which browsers do you test your sites for?

14 Responses to “More Than Half of Computer Users Now Run Firefox”

  1. Habika

    Safari is super fast on our site, because (I am guessing here) they pump the visual rendering of the browser right down to the graphics card, which other browsers don’t do as well. However, with the update of Snow Lepord you can tell that Mozilla gets to use more of the mac graphics card. It’s been fun working on our site and checking out all these differences.

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  2. Once we complete the framework for a website, we test on all modern browsers (IE6, IE7, IE8, Firefox 3+, Safari, Chrome, and Opera). I will admit that it is getting harder and harder to achieve full compatibility as the span between IE6 and new browsers gets wider – not to mention the recent half-baked IE8 release.

  3. For my blog covering the iPhone I test using Firefox and Safari because that’s what my readers use. For our corporate site, we test on Windows (FF3, IE6, IE7, IE8 as the Tier 1 browsers, Safari 4 and Chrome 3 as our Tier 2 browsers) and on the Mac (FF3 and Safari 4 only). Sadly, we get half of all visits to our corporate site from IE and of those IE visits, more than a third are still on IE6. In short, these are corporate users which are part of our targeted user base, so we have to swallow the pill and keep testing on various versions of IE. BTW, same is true with Flash – a third of all corporate users are still on Flash 8 and in some countries, Flash 7 or even Flash 6.

  4. Good question. We started out with only Firefox, then we moved onto Safari, then IE 8 and finally we now support IE 7. Although we don’t test for IE 7 very often.

    Our site is a really cool site to measure browsers/OS against. We do a lot of animation in javascript, and thus the browser must process everything from the animation commands to the graphic rendering. Safari is super fast on our site, because (I am guessing here) they pump the visual rendering of the browser right down to the graphics card, which other browsers don’t do as well. However, with the update of Snow Lepord you can tell that Mozilla gets to use more of the mac graphics card. It’s been fun working on our site and checking out all these differences.

    Our site is http://flotate.com, you should check it out cause it is awesome.

    -Ryan Mo