We finally have some clear, objective data on which web browsers and operating systems are the most popular in the United States. Thanks to the federal government's Digital Analytics Program (DAP), we now know that over the last 90 days, and 1.39-billion web visits to more than 37 government agencies, Google Chrome is the most popular web browser with 34.7 percent of all visitors.
Internet Explorer (IE), with 28.3 percent, is in second place. Then, in something of a surprise, Apple's Safari takes third place with 20.3 percent. Firefox came in fourth with 11 percent.
Safari's surprisingly high rating is almost certainly because DAP 's top level numbers don't distinguish between desktop and mobile-based browsers. 67.5 percent of visitors to the government's web site used a desktop, while 24.9 percent used a smartphone and 7.6 percent visited with a tablet.
When you look at mobile operating systems, iOS is the most popular mobile OS with 16.5 percent. Android came in a close second with 13.9 percent. Taken all together it's easy to see why Safari ranks as high as it does.
Looking close at IE, which unlike Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, tends to have multiple versions out, you'll see that IE 11 is easily the most popular edition with 14.8 percent of users. Curiously, it's followed by IE 9 at 5.5 percent, then IE 8.0. at 3.3 percent and only then do you find IE 10 with 3 percent. IE 7 then comes in next to last with 1.7 percent.