Google Chrome steals usage share from IE/Firefox, Win 7 breaks 10%

Google Chrome steals usage share from IE/Firefox, Win 7 breaks 10%

Summary: Net Applications' data for January is out, and there are some interesting trends displayed.First, the data shows that Google's Chrome browser has managed to snatch usage share from Internet Explorer and Firefox.


Net Applications' data for January is out, and there are some interesting trends displayed.

First, the data shows that Google's Chrome browser has managed to snatch usage share from Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Here's the data:

  • Chrome: 5.20% (up from 4.64% in Dec '09)
  • IE: 62.18% (down from 62.69% in Dec '09)
  • Firefox: 24.41% (down from 24.61% in Dec '09)

Note: While we may debate as to whether Net Applications is a reliable metric or not, Mozilla both accept and use its data in its PR propaganda. 

Note that this is the second month in a row that Net Applications has shown a decline in Firefox usage.

I noticed over the holiday period that Google was aggressively pushing Chrome through ads, even going as far as to offer customized downloads that could be sent as gifts via email.

The top browser spot has also changed hands, now belonging to IE8, with 22.31%, beating IE6 (20.07%). Still far too many people browsing the web with IE6 ... UPGRADE PEOPLE!!!!!

In other news, Windows 7 global usage share hit 10% on January 31st. Overall, Windows 7 ended January with a 7.51% usage share (leaping ahead from 5.71% for Dec '09). Also interesting is the data that shows that Redmond WA, home of Microsoft, shows the highest Windows 7 usage share within the US, a robust 42%.

Overall, Windows usage is down to 92.02% (from 92.21% in Dec '09 - even strong Windows 7 gains can't halt the slow erosion of Windows' usage share), Mac is up to 5.13% (from 5.11% in Dec '09), which I admit probably isn't significant, and Linux is unchanged at 1.02%. iPhone OS platform is also up marginally to 0.47% (up from 0.44% in Dec '09).

Net Applications measures operating system usage by tracking computers that visit the 40,000 sites monitored for clients, which represents a pool of about 160 million unique visitors each month. This data is then weighted based on the estimated size of each country’s Internet population.

[UPDATE: Breaking down the numbers more, IE8 has a larger usage share than it seems initially:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0: 22.31% Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 - Compatibility Mode: 2.79% Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 - Compatibility Mode - Maxthon Edition: 0.21% Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 - Compatibility Mode - Tencent Traveler Edition: 0.10% Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 - Compatibility Mode - TheWorld Edition: 0.09% Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 - Maxthon Edition: 0.02% Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 - Tencent Traveler Edition: 0.02% Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 - TheWorld Edition: 0.02% TOTAL 25.56%

More details here.]

Topics: Browser, Google, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • Here we go with the squewed marketing statistics

    How much of that Windows 7 10% has actually been sold to customers outside of the channel Adrian?

    And does anybody really understand Net Applications statistics?

    They are gathering their usage data sample in an artificial 'closed loop' which distorts the statistics by default. It simply isn't a random sampling across 'the world'.

    Two words for you Adi: bo gus
    Yogi: Yo, no gi. Yo Yo Ma.

    OK, so that was more than two.
    • That's funny. No one complained

      or called it inaccurate when it showed FireFox usage increasing.
      So the definition of 'accurate data' is one that supports your bias? How nice.
      • WOW - good catch...nt

      • And StatCounter says...

        ...that Firefox has 31.35% market share in the US alone (Win 7 @ 11.12%). So who do you believe?
    • Here we go again with DTS's diminishing customer base again.

      You had the chance to push Ubunbtu on to your "clients" when XP was near the end, and Vista wasn't as great as it could have been, but now that the people you target for your income see something better in Windows 7 then they do in your Ubuntu solution, market numbers are "squewed".

      Lean to deal with it, Dietrich.
      John Zern
    • There are others

      Net apps got popular because they've been arround and update regularly for a while. Look at the OS Marketshare article in wikipedia for a list of others.

      But anyway, much of those Windows 7 hits are prolly from pirated he says, that the marketshare in US is lower than "the world".

      Also, off the top of my head, 10% is like maybe 150-200 million instalations (given 1.7 bil internet users). But Microsoft just announced that they sold 60 million liscenses, So even if Net app is right, that means that most of the installations are likely from China or somewhere.
      • You are correct.

        Everything is "off the top of your head".

        But, just talking it through helps you, right? ;)

        Does not change what I said.
    • How do we know they are skewed?

      What is a better way?
      Windows 7 man
    • Does that mean

      Linux has less market share too?

      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Difficult to quantify

        I didn't say it would be easy to garner the information.

        Something like <a href="">Smolt</a>, if installed on each discrete PC, could be used to garner more accurate tallys (vs User Agent string).

        But that isn't realistically possible, at least not yet.
    • ZDNet Hype Blogs

      Skewed marketing statistics...skewed everything. I remember reading a ZDNet entry the same week that Google Chrome Beta launched, declaring it dead, a failure...etc. Flavor Flave should have his own ZDNet blog. Every once in a while, I am actually informed by something here. For the most part, it's just hype. The comments section is usually full of intellectual pride, confusion, emotional attachment to this or that software/OS/hardware/brand, drenched in flame sauce. I love it. It's the I.T. Jersey shore without the Gym, Tanning, and Laundry!
      • How can you skew quoted numbers,

        me thinks your reaching...
    • Didn't you put these out thee last month for next year?

      "Chrome OS WILL be the downfall of M$. Come this time next year I predict that the OS landscape will look something like this:

      I have a reminder on my calendar to check the numbers in January of 2011...
    • If by "outside the channel" you mean

      direct sales of the OS vs buying it bundled with a new computer then there have been plenty of sales... hell everyone sold out of the 3-pack family upgrade versions that could upgrade 3 computers be they running Vista or XP 32 or 64 bit. And before you say anything note that BestBuy, Amazon, TigerDirect, and Microsoft were all selling the packs... and I was fortunate enough to get one prior to Microsoft ending that particular bundle.

      As for the Net Applications data - that is the same data Mozilla uses when calculating Firefox usage so why is it applicable for Firefox to get usage data but not Microsoft? And please explain the "skewed by default" data...
      • Net Applications: About Our Market Share Statistics

        Taken from url:
        "We use a unique methodology for collecting this data. We collect data from the browsers of site visitors to our exclusive on-demand network of live stats customers."

        OK, it's unique and the sampling only occurs within their 'on-demand' network.

        That, by itself, sets up an artificial environment.
        It isn't by any means <a href="">normalized</a>.

        Rather, it is 'cherry picked' data used for the data set.

        This data provides valuable insight into significant trends for internet usage. These statistics include monthly information on key statistics such as browser trends (e.g. Internet Explorer vs. Firefox market share), search engine referral data (e.g. Yahoo vs. MSN vs. Google traffic market share) and operating system share (Windows vs. Mac vs. Linux market share or even the iPhone market share vs. Windows Mobile).

        [i][ We use a unique methodology for collecting this data. We collect data from the browsers of site visitors to our exclusive on-demand network of live stats customers ][/i].

        The data is compiled from approximately 160 million visitors per month. The information published is an aggregate of the data from this network of hosted website statistics. The site unique visitor and referral information is summarized on a monthly, weekly, daily and hourly basis.

        In addition, we classify 430+ referral sources identified as search engines. Aggregate traffic referrals from these engines are summarized and reported on. The statistics for search engines include both organic and sponsored referrals. The websites in our population represent almost all countries on earth.

        The data is made available free of charge on a monthly basis that includes monthly browser market share trends, top search engine referrals, screen resolutions, top ISPs and operating systems trends. An upgraded version is available that provides reports by geolocation, preview weekly data and other features.

        Additional estimates about the website population:

        * 76% participate in pay per click programs to drive traffic to their sites.
        * 43% are commerce sites
        * 18% are corporate sites
        * 10% are content sites
        * 29% classify themselves as other (includes gov, org, search engine marketers etc..)

        For information on mobile share methodology, click <a href="">here</a>. [/b]
    • US is not the world

      The problem is that by market share net applications and sites that use their data as
      relevant think that US=world.
      I remember that netaplications had 10% for
      Macintosh computers, which is absurd, no one
      uses Mac computers in rest of the world, except
      maybe few percent in west European countries.
      So this data has nothing to do with reality. My experience is that 9 out of 10 people uses
      Firefox, obviously much different than it's in
      Netaplications is pure propaganda for Microsoft
      and their products, especially the browsers, I
      would say that IE6 usage in Europe is below 5%.
  • RE: Google Chrome steals usage share from IE/Firefox, Win 7 breaks 10%

    Net Application has been known to be a joke. Especially
    when you want an accuracy better than a few %.
  • RE: Google Chrome steals usage share from IE/Firefox, Win 7 breaks 10%


    Telling readers of your blog to upgrade from IE6 seems like preaching to the choir. ;) I suspect it's the non-technical folks who hang on to IE 6 (with a few exceptions) and these are the people who are unlikely to read your blog or anything at ZDNet....
    • IE6 users are here to stay for a bit

      IE6 is used by companies that run IE6 compatible intranet applications on it. It's not as "vulnerable" as you think here because corporate securuty and firewalls are a lot different from your linksys router.

      And consumers get windows update all the time and know how to install IE8. They are not that retarded.
      • Users Dumber Than You Think

        A friend bought a computer with a windows
        operating system installed. I asked her what
        browser she is using and she couldn't tell me.

        Another friend complained that IE locked up on
        her. I told her to try FireFox instead and she
        asked "What's that?".

        A neighbor paid a high school kid $300 to remove
        a virus from her window's pc.

        My mother-in-law paid a PC-tech guy $400 to
        transfer her data from an old pc to a new one.
        No she does not run a home business. All she
        does is surf the net and send email. I have no
        idea what all her data was.

        By default, the computing illiterate use
        windows, not because it is easy, because they
        are stuck with it.

        When my sister's winXP machine locked up from a
        virus she was sunk. Being flat broke she
        couldn't afford to hire the Geek Squad. Out of
        desperation, I looked around and found a Linux
        system that would run off a CD. I gave it to
        her and she had no trouble surfing the net and
        sending email. I was really baffled, because I
        was under the belief that Linux is hard to use.