Browser Market Share, December 2006

Here’s the browser market share, based on traffic to my two highest trafficked sites in December 2006:

  • IE: 68.0%
  • Firefox: 28.3%
  • Opera: 2.1%
  • Safari: 0.7%
  • Mozilla: 0.5%
  • Netscape: 0.2%

Compared to the November numbers, IE decreased by 0.2%, while Firefox and Opera each gained 0.1%.

In December, IE7 accounted for 18.1% of all IE traffic (compared to 11.5% in November), while Firefox 2.0 accounted for 49.7% of all Firefox traffic (compared to 38.2% in November). Evidently, 3 months after the IE7 release, and even with Microsoft starting to use automatic download to encourage people to upgrade to IE7, the IE user community is still slow in receiving the latest from Microsoft.

Browser Market Share, November 2006

Here’s the browser market share, based on traffic to my two highest trafficked sites in November 2006:

  • IE: 68.2%
  • Firefox: 28.2%
  • Opera: 2.0%
  • Safari: 0.7%
  • Mozilla: 0.5%
  • Netscape: 0.3%

This is virtually unchanged from the Octboer 2006 numbers: IE remains the same at 68.2%, and Firefox gained slightly, at the expense of the less popular browsers.

We also found that IE7 now comprised 11.5% of all IE traffic, about doubling the October level of 6.4%. Firefox 2.0 comprised 38.2% of all Firefox traffic, about quadrupling the October level of 9.1%. This shows that the Firefox community is much more willing to upgrade to the latest version, while people using IE are less willing to do the same.

Browser Market Share, October 2006

Below is the % browser share, based on traffic to my two highest trafficked sites in October 2006:

  • IE: 68.2%
  • Firefox: 28.0%
  • Opera: 2.0%
  • Safari: 0.8%
  • Mozilla: 0.6%
  • Netscape: 0.3%
  • Konqueror: 0.1%

Compared to the September 2006 numbers, IE declined by 1.5%, and Firefox gained 1.5%. There was no significant change in the smaller players.

It’s also interesting to note that IE7 comprised 6.4% of all IE traffic, while Firefox 2.0 comprised 9.1% of all Firefox traffic. As Microsoft announced the launch of IE7 on October 18, and Firefox announced the launch of Firefox 2.0 on October 24, it’s apparent that Firefox 2.0 is gaining acceptance at a much faster rate than IE7. This may also be related to the perception that the first version of a Microsoft product tends to be buggy, so people are waiting for the bug fixes to happen before they upgrade.