Every now and again, for more pain than gain, I’ll take some time and browse through NoodleMac’s server logs. These are the logs that a web server creates whenever a webpage is accessed by a browser. Sometimes the information contained in the logs is useful, other times merely interesting, and more often than not, a bit of a waste of time. By far, on my website, Safari is the most used web browser at about 60-percent. Second is Google’s Chrome browser at 25-percent. After that it’s a mixture of Mozilla’s Firefox and a long tail of browsers from Opera to SeaMonkey to various spawn from Chrome and a Mozilla, and other than Firefox, none of the others capture more than 1-percent usage.
How do those stats compare to the rest of the world?
Chrome is number one everywhere except on Apple products. Surprise? No. On Android devices, Chrome easily tops all other browsers in usage and popularity. On Windows, Chrome even tops Microsoft’s own and aging Internet Explorer and whatever name they gave to the descendent. On macOS and iOS, it’s Safari by far.
Worldwide, the story is different than you might expect. According to a U.S. government survey, Chrome is tops but with 45-percent usage; dominant, yes, but not like Internet Explorer was back in the day. Thanks to the 1-billion or so iOS users, Safari comes in at #2 with 25-percent usage, while Internet Explorer has dropped from 90-percent down to 15-percent. Yes, the mobile revolution completely overtook Microsoft’s dominance and did so in a few short years.
But that’s just a few billion government websites that were visited recently, what about the rest of the world?
That’s where the statistics vary, but not by much. Chrome, as expected, shows up as dominant across the board with under 60-percent of total visits, followed by Firefox, Safari, and the Internet Explorer. Other stats show Internet Explorer in second place but only on the desktop and those don’t show mobile usage which is Apple’s strong point.
The two take aways from these mostly common and expected statistics are, 1) Google’s Chrome dominates everywhere except on Apple’s devices; Mac, iPhone, and iPad. And, 2) Microsoft has fallen from favor on PC desktops and notebooks, and has almost no presence on mobile devices. And, 3) Apple fares quite well on both traditional PCs (the Mac) and mobile devices (iOS).
News and predictions of Apple’s demise as a platform– from any measure– would seem to have few facts to back up the assertions. What’s interesting here, too, is that only Google makes the most money from its browser, while Mozilla, Microsoft, and Apple also make money on Google searches, only Mozilla is dependent upon a good relationship with Google.
What browser do you use?
I keep five, but only a couple going at any one time. Safari, and something else; Chrome, Firefox, Vivaldi is good, sometimes Opera, and then I try out whatever is new or interesting, and this week it’s Brave.