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Matthew Adams By Matthew Adams Co-Founder
We are in the era of the modern browser - market share analysis January 2016

We're on the cusp of a new age - the era of the "modern browser".

As older IE versions are effectively mothballed by Microsoft (bar a few holdouts in the UK public sector and elsewhere, because they weren't able to get their act together with 2 years' notice), I thought we'd take one final snapshot of our browser market share analysis, based on the traffic from a couple of sites: one that targets global Devs, CIOs & CTOs, and another that targets English ABC1s.

Global Developers, CIOs and CTOs

Chrome

69.09%

Firefox

12.51%

Internet Explorer

7.86%

Safari

5.60%

Edge

3.27%

Opera

0.79%

Opera Mini

0.18%

Safari (in-app)

0.18%

Android Browser

0.10%

UC Browser

0.09%

Developers still heavily favour Chrome - almost 70% of you! Firefox is in at number two with 12%, and IE is hanging on in there with a shade under 8%. Microsoft's 10% share amongst developers is, however, maintained, by the 3% usage of Edge we now see.

Looking at IE Versions

11

87.23%

9

6.92%

10

4.31%

8

1.22%

7

0.24%

6

0.08%

Basically, everyone is on IE11. There are a few devs being punished with Vista and XP (And still an IE6 holdout there somewhere, the poor lost soul.)

English ABC1s

Safari

48.52%

Chrome

32.66%

Internet Explorer

9.82%

Firefox

5.19%

Safari (in-app)

1.23%

Edge

0.91%

Android Browser

0.76%

Amazon Silk

0.51%

Opera

0.17%

IE Versions

11

70.20%

9

15.12%

10

9.16%

8

4.65%

7

0.87%

Firefox's decline continues, as does IE's. Edge has just appeared. Safari on IOS continues to dominate with nearly 50% of all browser visits - though this has peaked over the year.

IE's share is now utterly dominated by IE11. A few Vista diehards are on IE 9, and a tiny rump of XP diehards are on IE7 and 8. The number of visits is so low as to be ignorable (fewer than 3% of all visits)

In summary - we really are in the age of the modern browser; not just by dictat, but by consumer behaviour. It's time to forge ahead, and stop specifying IE7/8/9/10 fallbacks in our site designs.

Matthew Adams

Co-Founder

Matthew Adams

Matthew was CTO of a venture-backed technology start-up in the UK & US for 10 years, and is now the co-founder of endjin, which provides technology strategy, experience and development services to its customers who are seeking to take advantage of Microsoft Azure and the Cloud.