Which web browser do you use the most?

Following on from the launch of Firefox 3.0, we asked which browser do you use the most?

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By  Mark Sutton Published  July 15, 2008

Following on from the launch of Firefox 3.0, we asked which browser do you use the most?

The stats showed 48% of users saying they prefer Internet Explorer, 46% Firefox, 6% Safari and 3% Opera. There's no love for Flock, with no-one citing it as their most used browser, although 'others' picked up 3%.

Going by these figures, Mozilla's Firefox has almost caught up to the 'default' Microsoft Internet Explorer, which would be one hell of a coup for Mozilla if they have really grabbed that much market share.

However, in comparison with the latest figures from W3Counter, for end of May, IE users still made up 61% of all browsers, with Firefox on 29% and Safari just 2% - a pretty big difference from our spot poll.

There are many different sources of statistics on browser usage, with varying results between them, so reliable figures for post-Firefox 3.0 period weren't readily available. Most sites that follow browser show Firefox having gained market share over the past month, but in general only a gain of about 5%, taking it to the low 30s.

So where did all our Firefox and Safari users come from?

Most likely, users of Firefox and Safari care a bit more about their browser. Firefox users will have found and downloaded the application, and Apple users, well, they like Apple and want to spread the word (unless they got the stealth install of Safari), so perhaps both groups are more likely to respond to polls.

In fact, given that our traffic analysis from Firefox 3 launch day on 17th June until today showed that 63% of site visitors were on IE, 30% on Firefox, 3.9% Safari and 1.7% Opera, it seems pretty likely that users of 'minority' browsers are just that bit more interested in how they are surfing, or else a lot of IE users would rather be on another browser. And it just goes to show you can't trust statistics.

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