Browser Wars: Desktop Browser Usage Trend for First Quarter 2014

The Browser market share is always changing, and there are plenty of sources for global browser stats, however, the most divergent methods are user-based or hit-based. Simple illustration, if you have a small website and 5 different users visit one day all with different browsers. Each has a 20% share. But if 4 of them just look at one page, and the 5th user looks at 10 pages, then the user-based stats are still the same at 20%, but the hit-based stats have changed radically in favor of that guy looking at 10 pages.

Whilst, Internet Explorer 10 directly trails the path of IE9, these improved IE versions are taking the top slots with IE11 solidly in first, at least in many regional stats.

The most reputable and commonly cited source, NetMarketShare has the following results (February 2014):

NetMarketShare:

  1. Internet Explorer: 58.19%
  2. Mozilla Firefox: 17.68%
  3. Google Chrome: 16.84%
  4. Safari: 5.67%
  5. Opera: 1.23%
Ironically, the NetMarketShare stats has IE8 as the number one IE version at 22%, which is supported by the fact that some regions like China, with qazillions of users, have many users still stuck on very old Microsoft operating systems with older versions of Internet Explorer.
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