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State of browsers Geekzone March 2016

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Apr-2016 21:09

It is time for the annual report on browser usage around Geekzone. At the bottom of this post you will find links to previous years so you can compare these numbers with previous years.

These charts are based on Google Analytics data collected during the 31 day period ending 31th March 2016. I realise part of our audience is more technically inclined, so our numbers are different from those presented by other more mainstream websites (such as Trade Me and news sites) but we have a huge number of non-tech visitors landing in our pages from search results seeking solutions for their problems.

This data is for desktop visitors only.

Overall Google Chrome continues to grow, going from 53% one year ago to 57% now. Both Internet Explorer and Firefox had a small decline in numbers, with the difference mainly going to the new Microsoft Edge browser.

New Zealand numbers are again very close to the worldwide numbers:

Here is the split for New Zealand users between business and after hours. This year Safari is taking the lead over Internet Explorer usage at home, with the difference again going to the new Microsoft Edge browser:

Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 are now on the way out and at last Internet Explorer 6 disappears from our stats:

In terms of operating systems it pretty much remains unchanged from last year.

And at last Windows Vista disappears from the Microsoft Windows chart:

Previous posts for comparison:



State of browsers Geekzone March 2015

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 1-Apr-2015 20:53

It is time for the annual report on browser usage around Geekzone. At the bottom of this post you will find links to previous years so you can compare these numbers with previous years.

These charts are based on Google Analytics data collected during the 31 day period ending 31th March 2015. I realise part of our audience is more technically inclined, so our numbers are different from those presented by other more mainstream websites (such as Trade Me and news sites) but we have a huge number of non-tech visitors landing in our pages from search results seeking solutions for their problems.

Also this is for desktop visits only, which is 85% of the total recorded in our desktop website (we have a mobile version usable on smaller screens such as smartphones). I intended to post another entry with tablet/smartphone numbers.

Overall since last year we’ve seen a good increase on Chrome usage (53% up from 45%), Firefox remaining almost the same (23% compared to previous 22%) and another small drop on Internet Explorer usage (15% down from 18%).

New Zealand numbers again show a good jump up for Chrome, with Internet Explorer shedding some users:

And here is the split between New Zealand business and after hours. Note how people tend to use less Internet Explorer at home, and Safari usage increases:

This year Internet Explorer 6 and 7 almost disappeared from the scene (IE 6 has under 0.5% usage now):

Here is the OS distribution:

And Windows versions:

Previous posts for comparison:



State of Browsers Geekzone March 2014

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-Apr-2014 09:41

It is time for the annual report on browser usage around Geekzone. At the bottom of this post you will find links to previous years so you can compare all the numbers.

These charts are based on Google Analytics data collected during the 30 day period ending 12th March 2014. I realise part of our audience is more technically inclined, so our numbers are different from those presented by other more mainstream websites (such as Trade Me and news sites) but we have a huge number of non-tech visitors landing in our pages from search results seeking solutions for their problems.

Overall since last year we’ve seen a small increase on Chrome usage (45% up from 40%), very small decline for Firefox (22% down from 24%) and a drop on Internet Explorer usage (18% down from 23%).

New Zealand numbers show a good jump up for Chrome, with both Firefox and Internet Explorer sharing the same space (and loss of audience):

It seems businesses are slowly moving away from Internet Explorer, with Chrome now showing 46% adoption, up from 39% last year. Firefox remains pretty much unchanged with most of the loss in the Internet Explorer side:

After hours we see a dip for Firefox with 19% of people using it this year down from 21%. Internet Explorer shows a dip from 19% to 16%, with Chrome again being the winner in share and increase (47% up from 41%). Safari remains with same numbers as last year.

How is Internet Explorer doing? Despite being a “newcomer” Internet Explorer 11 is coming strong at 44% usage from non-existent last year. Internet Explorer 8 comes second (24% down from 30%), Internet Explorer 9 is down to 17% from 50%, Internet Explorer 10 remains pretty much unchanged and Internet Explorer 7 just shows up (2% down from 7%). All other versions practically disappeared with below 1% usage.

And here is an OS distribution in New Zealand. It pretty much remains unchanged except that Android got up to 5% from 3%, while Linux dropped from 4% to almost nil (now in the “Other” category):

And below the Windows distribution:

Previous posts for comparison:



State of browsers on Geekzone March 2013

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-Mar-2013 11:52

It's almost one year since I've posted the last State of Browser on Geekzone March 2012, so it's time for the annual update. These charts are based on more than 600,000 visits (and a couple million page views) to Geekzone during the 30 day period ending 12th March 2013.

Since last year Chrome usage on Geekzone went up from 30% to 40%. Both Firefox and Internet Explorer had a very small dip, and Safari a very small gain. Firefox went down from 28% to 24% and Internet Explorer from 26% to 23%.

Now for New Zealand-specific numbers. Chrome went up from 30% to 39%, Internet Explorer is the second most used browser with 24% (down from 29%) and Firefox is the third most used browser with 22% (down from 27%).

Similar to the last update, here are two charts showing New Zealand only browser usage split in business hours and after hours:

And here is the split of Internet Explorer versions. Internet Explorer 9 is getting strong going up from 43% to 50%, but Internet Explorer 10 is gaining traction going up from 0% to 10% in the last twelve months. Internet Explorer Explorer 6 practically disappeared with only a couple of hundred visits to the site out of almost 70,000 Internet Explorer visits in total. Internet Explorer had a big dip from 43% to 30% but Internet Explorer 7 remains around the same number:

In the last few months I have been running some RUM services on Geekzone, including Torbit and a beta version of Pingdom RUM. So here is for the first time the fastest and slowest of the top three browsers on Geekzone. About 30% of Geekzone visitors use ad blockers, and I'd expect Firefox and Chrome users to use ad blockers more than Internet Explorer users. These numbers could be a bit shifted to those two browsers:

I hope you found this post informative. If you want some more specific measurements please post in the comments.

UPDATE: As requested, here is an OS distribution:



State of Browsers on Geekzone March 2012

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 23-Mar-2012 11:42

Every few months I remember to post the Geekzone browser stats... This time (30 days through 23rd March 2012) I've noticed it was the first that Internet Explorer has dropped down to third place (worldwide visits), although still barely holding second place when it comes to New Zealand only visits.

Here is the worldwide chart (more than 500,000 visits), showing Google Chrome just ahead of Firefox and Internet Explorer in third place. The difference between those three browsers is so small, I would say they are in a tie:

And here is the New Zealand only chart (more than 250,000 visits), showing Google Chrome in first, followed by Internet Explorer and Firefox. Again the numbers are so close we could call this a tie.

A friend on Twitter (@slyall) asked about after hours and business hours stats. The reason for that is because many suspect the high number of Internet Explorer users could be concentrated on business who are slow to update their systems, either due to budgetary constraints or browser requirements when accessing old systems. So I created two segments: New Zealand Only Business Hours (more than 150,000 visits, 8am through 6pm) and New Zealand Only After Hours (more than 70,000 visits, from 6pm through midnight). Here are the two charts:

Now we can clearly see a significant drop in Internet Explorer usage, from 32.12% down to 22.51%. Chrome increases a little bit, Firefox seems almost still with a tiny movement, but Safari is the one that goes up more than the others.

Just for curiosity sake, here is the chart showing the Internet Explorer distribution, New Zealand only:

Obviously the Geekzone audience tend to be more tech savvy, but from my experience they are a good mix, representing all sorts of people - technical and non-technical. Some wouldn't know how to update their browsers, others would work in the IT area and do it all. I bet if other New Zealand publishers publicised their numbers (Trade Me for example), we would see a higher Internet Explorer and Safari (on Mac OS) usage than Chrome and Firefox, thanks to the more mainstream presence.

What do you think?



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