StatCounter, the independent web analytics firm, has launched a new video which in less than two minutes illustrates the changing world map of browser usage over the last four years. The animation can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtBlvutR9cU.
“When we began the StatCounter Global Stats project in 2008, Microsoft’sInternet Explorer dominated the global market,” comments Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “There is much greater competition now. Although IE still leads in countries such as the US and UK, on a worldwide basis Google’s Chrome overtook IE in May and maintained a narrow lead in June.”
He added that IE is not taking Chrome’s challenge lying down. From May to June, IE increased its usage share by two-tenths of one percentage point, the first monthly increase since October/November 2011. On a weekly basis, while Chrome overtook IE in week 20 (14 – 20 May 2012), by week 24 (11 – 17 June 2012) IE had staged a fight-back and was exactly equal with Chrome in terms of browser usage for that seven-day period.
Cullen added that not-for-profit Mozilla’s Firefox is also a real contender. “The opening up of competition and greater choice can only be good news for users and help to create better browsers.”
StatCounter data is based on over 15 billion page views per month (4 billion from the US; 800 million from the UK) to StatCounter’s network of over three million websites. The company is independent and transparent. It publishes full information about its methodology, allows users to check itsdetection and examine its individual country sample sizes. Its research is provided as a free service to the web community.
[Source: StatCounter Global Stats]