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?
Other related posts:
State of browsers Geekzone March 2016
State of browsers Geekzone March 2015
State of Browsers Geekzone March 2014
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