Tech-savvy users prefer Chrome

Tech-savvy users prefer Chrome

Summary: NetMarketshare says Internet Explorer is the favorite browser overall, but ZDNet readers like Chrome more than any other Web browsers.

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If you believe NetMarketshare figures, Internet Explorer (IE) wasn't just leading the Web browser popularity contest in September 2013, with 51.09 percent, it's actually widening its lead. But, ZDNet's tens-of-millions of monthly readers have a different favorite: Chrome.

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By NetMarketShare's count, IE's the number one Web browser.

Breaking down NetMarketShare's numbers, we see that IE remains the most dominant browser with a near-equal split between IE8's decline to 21.3 percent, and IE10's increase to 19.5 percent share of the market.

IE's gains came mostly at the expense of fourth-place Safari, which dropped more than a full percentage point to 11.19 percent. Firefox, came in second, with a slight gain to 16.39 percent. Chrome also made a slight gain to hold on to the third spot with 14.87 percent.

NetMarketShare massages ts data to reflect the number of Internet users per countryStatCounter, which doesn't massage its data in this manner, shows an entirely different Web browser world.

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StatCounter, however, sees Chrome on top by a comfortable margin.

 By StatCounter's reckoning, Chrome is the global Web browser leader with 40.8 percent. IE, which has been gaining on Chrome since August, is still far behind with 28.56 percent. Firefox, which has been on a long slow decline, has third place with 18.36 percent; Safari is in fourth place with 8.52 percent, and Opera remains, as always, just present on the top five list with 1.16 percent.

Tens of millions of ZDNet Web site visitors also prefer Chrome by a wide margin. In the site's latest available numbers from August, 29.8 percent of ZDNet page views came from Chrome users. IE took second place with 19.9 percent and Firefox was in third place with 13.2 percent. Lagging in the back was Safari with 4.7 percent and Opera with 0.5 percent. 27.7 percent of browsers couldn't be identified.

Of course ZDNet readers aren't ordinary Internet users. They tend to be very interested in technology and the business of technology or they wouldn't be visiting the site. You can also see this by their 9.4-percent adoption rate of the relatively new IE10, and how few of them, 0.4 percent, are still using the now obsolete IE 7.

So, while some people, using the NetMarketShare numbers, are claiming that IE has won the browser wars, both ZDNet and StatCounter's numbers indicate that the battle between Chrome and IE is still raging — and that Chrome, for now, still has the advantage.

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  • Au contraire mon ami, chrome not the tech savvy choice

    IE bests chrome on html5 compliance, css3 compliance, performance, security, privacy, etc. etc. etc. I suspect many chrome fans former their preference based on a decade old version of IE and haven't reevaluated since. This is the binary opposite of savvy. This detrimental lack of savvy is inexcusably on display across the web as sites built by these scoundrels still serve down-level html to IE, completely unaware that it has totally leapfrogged the webkit ne blink based browsers in web standards compliance. The very thing they once decried they are themselves guilty of perpetrating. Can't get less savvy than that.
    Johnny Vegas
    • Also most of the so called tech folks here like to bash Microsoft

      for obvious reason.
      Ram U
      • Sometimes those accusing others of love or hate are not any better

        How is IE the best browser?

        http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/chrome-27-firefox-21-opera-next,3534-12.html

        http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2416373,00.asp

        http://www.extremetech.com/internet/140337-ie10-on-windows-7-benchmarked-how-does-it-fare-against-google-chrome

        There are many more tests comparing browsers, it's true that IE is getting better after years of being behind competition, but Chrome is leading most of the tests - compliance, security and speed. It gets even worse for IE, knowing that many others browsers are multi-platform.

        And from empirical evidence I believe that in fact tech savvy people tend to chose firefox and chrome. But I'm not going to make statements free of doubt based on my personal experience albeit there are news back from the end of 2010 already stating that: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/techmeme_chrome_browser_owns_tech_savvy_market


        By the way I use Opera (the old one, the new one is just another chrome) and I have nothing against people that have preferences.
        AleMartin
    • I use IE, Chrome, and FF

      IE is the workhorse. It's sufficient in the speed category, and has proven most reliable in places where Chrome doesn't work for some reason. Video play back has been very troublesome for Chrome, so IE wins in that category.

      FF has trouble locking 100% CPU cycles randomly. Seems to be a known problem, so don't use it all that often.

      I use them all, but IE is the work horse. It just works.

      Now I know I'll get flamed for that because the Linux fans are so open to the other opinions, but that's the way it shakes out for me.
      Cynical99
    • Tech savvy users don't use IE

      Does IE runs outside Windows?
      Well... tech savvy users don't do Windows, so they can't be running IE.
      José Nuno Ferreira
      • Good one

        Ultimately untrue, nut still a good one.
        Michael Alan Goff
    • IE does not best Chrome on HTML5 compliance

      You made that up.

      http://html5test.com/results/desktop.html

      Still, I spend a lot of time in IE, as it has the best Javascript debugger of any of them. The F12 tools are awesome, better than Firebug and Chrome's Developer tools.
      Mac_PC_FenceSitter
  • ZDnet is now the site for tech-saavy people?

    When did this happen?
    Michael Alan Goff
  • Article: "ZDNet ... 27.7 percent of browsers couldn't be identified"

    That's a lot of incognito web browsing. How, exactly, does one "hide" their web browser from sites which they visit?
    Rabid Howler Monkey
    • I don't believe they hide the browser

      but the site doesn't have a match in its database. Sites like Statcounter don't have matches for every build of Linux or possibly the many flavors of Android in their database, so the hits go in as unidentified.

      Just one of the many limiting factors in tracking usage.

      Not to mention that sites like Statcounter only track visits to a given number of sites. It may be many thousands of sites but they may be skewed towards users of one browser or another.

      So many limitations, so few real facts.

      Just what Steven thrives on. Using faulty statistics to force a point that isn't
      Cynical99
    • I visit on BlackBerry Playbook and Puppy Linux

      I'm guessing those aren't tracked.
      Mac_PC_FenceSitter
  • I would be happy to use Chrome if

    it let me look at my bookmark folders down the left side of the screen like Firefox and IE. I understand that this is strictly personal preference, but I would like to have the choice, just like I prefer to have a start menu in Windows and a Gnome 2 style desktop in Linux.
    oldnuke69
  • "They tend to be very interested in technology..."

    Interested and knowledgeable are two different things. In fact, I just read a column here last week by one of your staff that said he couldn't figure out how to install Win 8 x64 on an x64 PC. Makes me wonder why he works for you. Must be sleeping with someone.

    Having said that, the top four browsers are just about interchangeable. The choice comes down to personal preference, issues like customability and general layout. I use Firefox just because I'm used to it. But if they continue in the direction of the last update, Internet Explorer here I come.

    And how about IE: Now that Adblock is available for IE, I suddenly have a choice if I decide to stop using Firefox (after like 7 years.) It was only like three years ago that Internet Explorer was just a steaming pile of crap. Amazing how they were able to get it together.
    pishaw
  • Right Stevie,

    Tech savvy is not how I'd describe ZD Net readers. Tech users and tech fanboys is more like it. And I'm sorry but using a measurement tool that counts webpages loaded into a browser but not actually viewed as a credible indicator of browser use is no more accurate than claiming because I bought a Sunday newspaper, I viewed every advert section stuffed into it as well.
    cantbeme
  • "27.7 percent of browsers couldn't be identified..."

    ... which will tell something how many of ZDNET-readers are using Linux.
    Napoleon XIV
  • Real Tech Savvy Users..........

    Use Chromium and not Chrome.
    Alan Smithie
    • Agreed.

      I don't use chrome anymore, but I do use chromium sometime.
      Sam Wagner
  • The joys of IE

    The best thing IE is used for is downloading another browser.
    alex775
    • IE

      Absolutely, I use Chrome 99% of the time & FireFox for the other 1%! Why? because for my circumstances the above work flawlessly & any version of IE does not....simples
      smokinjoe347
  • The joys of IE

    The best thing IE is used for is downloading another browser.
    alex775