Browser usage stats June, 2014 to May, 2015

Browser usage stats June, 2014 to May, 2015

I get very frustrated with the number of websites I use that do not work correctly in the Internet Explorer browser without offering the visitor any notice or warning that this is the case. If you think that these are only small websites that get few visitors then you would be mistaken.

Recently I spent 10 minutes filling in a form on an insurance company’s website only for it to work incorrectly in Internet Explorer 10 which I mainly use. It worked perfectly in the Firefox browser, so why didn’t the company inform me of this before I wasted my precious time on their form.

There are many so-called experts in the web community who refuse to have anything to do with Internet Explorer, writing it off as not worth the effort and too buggy etc. for them to bother. So they go ahead and develop fancy Javascripts that do not work correctly in this browser and do not tell anyone.

I’m not going to weigh into this debate other than to say that you are going to frustrate a lot of users who are more likely to be the less computer savvy, literate users. This is because they are using the browser which came inbuilt with their version of Microsoft Windows and they may not be aware of the alternatives.

Obviously, no one can dispute the fact that Internet Explorer has lost market share in recent times to browsers such as Firefox and Google Chrome. After a recent argument with a so-called expert on all things web, I decided to review what market share the browsers have. I viewed the Statcounter Global Stats which displays the top 5 desktop, tablet and console browsers between June, 2014 and May, 2015.

If you look at the graphs shown (click on the image for a larger view), you will see that although Google Chrome has surged ahead at almost the 50% mark, Internet Explorer is still in second place in the browser race. So if you are going to develop scripts that will not work with recent versions of Internet Explorer please let your visitors know!

I’m into building website that are fast loading, easy to use and navigate and they will all work with any of the major browsers without any problems or glitches.

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