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What is the trend in browser usage, operating systems and screen resolution?


Web Statistics and Trends

Statistics are important information. What you can read from the statistics below is that Internet Explorer 6 is the most common browser, XP is the most dominating operating system, and most users are using a display with 1024x768 pixels or more, with a color depth of at least 65K colors.


Browser Statistics Month by Month

2006 IE7 IE6 IE5 Ffox Moz N O
July 1.9% 57.8% 4.2% 25.0% 2.2% 0.4% 1.4%
June 1.6% 58.2% 4.3% 24.9% 2.2% 0.3% 1.4%
May 1.1% 57.4% 4.5% 25.7% 2.3% 0.3% 1.5%
April 0.7% 58.0% 5.0% 25.2% 2.5% 0.4% 1.5%
March 0.6% 58.8% 5.3% 24.5% 2.4% 0.5% 1.5%
February 0.5% 59.5% 5.7% 25.1% 2.9% 0.4% 1.5%
January 0.2% 60.3% 5.5% 25.0% 3.1% 0.5% 1.6%
               
2005 IE6 IE5 Ffox Moz N7 O8 O7
December 61.5% 6.5% 24.0% 2.7% 0.4% 1.3% 0.2%
November 62.7% 6.2% 23.6% 2.8% 0.4% 1.3% 0.2%
October 67.5% 6.0% 19.6% 2.6% 0.4% 1.2% 0.2%
September 69.8% 5.7% 18.0% 2.5% 0.4% 1.0% 0.2%
August 68.4% 6.3% 18.9% 2.4% 0.4% 0.8% 0.3%
July 67.9% 5.9% 19.8% 2.6% 0.5% 0.8% 0.4%
June 65.0% 6.8% 20.7% 2.9% 0.6% 0.7% 0.5%
May 64.8% 6.8% 21.0% 3.1% 0.7% 0.7% 0.6%
April 63.5% 7.9% 20.9% 3.1% 0.9% 0.4% 1.0%
March 63.6% 8.9% 18.9% 3.3% 1.0% 0.3% 1.6%
February 63.9% 9.5% 17.9% 3.3% 1.0%   1.7%
January 64.8% 9.7% 16.6% 3.4% 1.1%   1.9%
               
2004 IE6 IE5 Moz N3 N7 N4 O7
December 65.5% 9.9% 17.0% 0.2%  1.2% 0.2% 1.8%
November 66.0% 10.2% 16.5% 0.2% 1.2% 0.3% 1.6%
October 67.3% 10.8% 14.7% 0.3% 1.3% 0.3% 1.6%
September 67.8% 11.2% 13.7% 0.3% 1.4% 0.3% 1.7%
August 67.0% 13.0% 12.7% 0.4% 1.4% 0.4% 1.6%
July 67.2% 13.2% 12.6% 0.4% 1.4% 0.4% 1.6%
June 67.6% 13.2% 12.2% 0.5% 1.4% 0.4% 1.6%
May 68.1% 13.8% 9.5% 0.6% 1.4% 0.4% 1.6%
April 68.2% 14.0% 8.5% 0.8% 1.4% 0.6% 1.4%
March 68.2% 14.6% 7.9% 0.8% 1.4% 0.6% 1.4%
February 68.3% 15.2% 7.3% 0.6% 1.5% 0.4% 1.5%
January 68.9% 15.8% 5.5% 0.4% 1.5% 0.5% 1.5%
               
2003 IE6 IE5 Moz N3 N7 N4 O7
November 71.2% 13.7% 7.2% 0.5% 1.6% 0.5% 1.9%
September 69.7% 16.9% 6.2% 0.6% 1.5% 0.6% 1.8%
July 66.9% 20.3% 5.7% 0.6% 1.5% 0.6% 1.7%
May 65.0% 22.7% 4.6% 1.0% 1.4% 0.9% 1.4%
March 63.4% 24.6% 4.2% 0.9% 1.4% 1.1% 1.2%
January 55.3% 29.3% 4.0% 1.2% 1.1% 1.7%  
               
2002 IE6 IE5 AOL N3 N5 N4 IE4
November 53.5% 29.9% 5.2% 1.1% 4.9% 2.0%  
September 49.1% 34.4% 4.5% 1.3% 4.5% 2.2%  
July 44.4% 40.1% 3.5% 1.2% 3.5% 2.6% 0.5%
May 40.7% 46.0% 2.8% 1.2% 2.7% 3.4% 0.7%
March 36.7% 49.4% 3.0% 1.2% 2.4% 4.1% 0.7%
January 30.1% 55.7% 2.8% 1.3% 2.2% 4.4% 1.0%


IE Internet Explorer
Ffox Firefox (identified as Mozilla before 2005)
Moz Mozilla
O Opera
N Netscape
AOL America Online (based on both Internet Explorer and Mozilla)

Browsers that count for less than 0.5% are not listed.

W3Schools is a website for people with an interest for web technologies. These people are more interested in using alternative browsers than the average user. The average user tends to use Internet Explorer, since it comes preinstalled with Windows. Most do not seek out other browsers.

These facts indicate that the browser figures below are not 100% realistic. Other web sites have statistics showing that Internet Explorer is used by at least 80% of the users.

Anyway, our data, collected over a five year period, clearly shows the long and medium-term trends.


OS Platform Statistics

Windows XP is the most popular operating system. The windows family counts for nearly 90%:

2006 WinXP W2000 Win98 WinNT W2003 Linux Mac
July 74.3% 10.1% 1.5% 0.3% 2.0% 3.4% 3.6%
June 74.1% 10.6% 1.6% 0.3% 2.0% 3.4% 3.6%
May 74.2% 10.7% 1.6% 0.2% 2.0% 3.4% 3.6%
April 74.0% 11.2% 1.8% 0.3% 1.9% 3.3% 3.6%
March 72.9% 11.9% 2.0% 0.3% 1.8% 3.4% 3.5%
February 73.3% 12.3% 2.1% 0.3% 1.8% 3.4% 3.6%
January 72.3% 13.1% 2.4% 0.3% 1.7% 3.3% 3.5%
               
2005 WinXP W2000 Win98 WinNT W2003 Linux Mac
December 71.6% 13.6% 2.6% 0.3% 1.7% 3.2% 3.3%
November 71.0% 14.6% 2.7% 0.4% 1.7% 3.3% 3.3%
October 70.2% 15.0% 2.8% 0.4% 1.6% 3.3% 3.2%
September 69.2% 15.8% 3.2% 0.5% 1.7% 3.3% 3.1%
August 66.3% 17.5% 3.2% 0.6% 1.7% 3.3% 2.9%
July 65.3% 17.7% 3.9% 0.6% 1.6% 3.5% 3.0%
June 64.9% 19.1% 3.6% 0.7% 1.5% 3.5% 3.0%
May 64.5% 19.4% 3.9% 0.8% 1.4% 3.3% 2.9%
April 64.0% 19.7% 4.1% 0.8% 1.4% 3.3% 2.9%
March 63.1% 20.2% 4.7% 0.9% 1.4% 3.2% 3.0%
February 62.0% 21.1% 5.1% 0.9% 1.3% 3.2% 2.9%
January 61.3% 21.6% 5.3% 1.0% 1.2% 3.2% 2.8%
                  
2004 WinXP W2000 Win98 WinNT Win95 Linux Mac
December 59.8% 23.5% 5.4% 1.1% 0.1% 3.1% 2.7%
November 59.1% 23.7% 5.6% 1.2% 0.1% 3.1% 2.7%
October 57.8% 25.0% 6.0% 1.3% 0.2% 3.1% 2.6%
September 55.9% 26.2% 6.4% 1.5% 0.2% 3.1% 2.6%
August 53.2% 28.1% 7.0% 1.8% 0.2% 3.0% 2.5%
July 52.5% 28.4% 7.5% 1.9% 0.2% 3.1% 2.4%
June 51.2% 29.6% 8.0% 2.0% 0.3% 2.9% 2.5%
May 51.0% 29.6% 8.2% 2.0% 0.3% 2.9% 2.5%
April 49.7% 30.2% 8.7% 2.2% 0.3% 2.7% 2.5%
March 48.0% 31.1% 9.4% 2.4% 0.4% 2.6% 2.4%
February 46.0% 32.8% 9.5% 2.9% 0.4% 2.6% 2.5%
January 44.1% 33.6% 10.4% 3.0% 0.4% 2.7% 2.4%
               
2003 WinXP W2000 Win98 WinNT Win95 Linux Mac
December 43.6% 35.2% 10.5% 3.4% 0.4% 2.7% 2.3%
November 42.6% 36.3% 10.9% 3.5% 0.4% 2.6% 2.2%
October 39.4% 37.8% 11.5% 4.0% 0.5% 2.5% 2.1%
September 38.0% 37.9% 12.1% 4.1% 0.5% 2.4% 2.0%
August 36.3% 39.9% 12.6% 4.6% 0.5% 2.4% 2.0%
July 33.9% 40.6% 12.6% 5.3% 0.6% 2.3% 1.9%
June 32.8% 40.4% 13.4% 5.4% 0.6% 2.3% 1.8%
May 31.4% 41.0% 13.9% 5.8% 0.7% 2.2% 1.8%
April 30.8% 40.9% 14.7% 6.0% 0.7% 2.1% 1.8%
March 29.1% 41.9% 14.8% 6.6% 0.8% 2.2% 1.8%

Platforms that count for less than 0.5% are not listed.


Display Resolution

The current trend is that more and more computers are using a screen size of 1024x768 pixels or more:

2006 Higher 1024x768 800x600 640x480 Unknown
January 17% 57% 20% 0% 6%
           
2005          
July 14% 55% 25% 0% 6%
January 12% 53% 30% 0% 5%
           
2004          
July 10% 50% 35% 1% 4%
January 10% 47% 37% 1% 5%
           
2003          
July 8% 43% 44% 2% 5%
January 6% 40% 47%     2% 5%
            
2002            
October  6% 38% 49% 2% 5%

lamp Web developers be aware: Many users still have only 800x600 display screens.


Color Depth

The current trend is that most computers use 24 or 32 bits hardware to display 16,777,216 different colors:

Older computers and laptops often use 16 bits display hardware. This gives a maximum of 65,536 different colors.

Handheld computers (and very old computers) often use 8 bits color hardware. This gives a maximum of 256 colors.

2006 16,777,216 65,536 256
January 81% 16% 3%
       
2005      
July 77% 20% 3%
January 72% 25% 3%
       
2004      
July 69% 28% 3%
January 65% 31% 4%
       
2003      
July 55% 40% 5%
January 51%  44% 5%
       
2002       
October 49% 46% 5%

Read more about the display of colors: http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_colors.asp


JavaScript Statistics

There are no absolute trends about the use of JavaScript. Some users have scripting turned off. Some browsers don't support scripting:

2006 JavaScript On JavaScript Off
January 90% 10%
     
2005    
July 90% 10%
January 89% 11%
     
2004    
July 90% 10%
January 92% 8%
     
2003    
July 89% 11%
January 89%  11%
     
2002     
October 88% 12%


INDEX | STATISTIEKEN | INTERNET EXPLORER| NETSCAPE | MOZILLA | FIREFOX | OPERA

bron: http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

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