Web Testing Scope and Browser Market Share

TechCrunch article on the latest Browser Market Share… to help define Web Testing scope, courtesy of Qualcomm’s QBAT


Browser Market Share from techcrunch.com

Browser Market Share from techcrunch.com

  • IE on decline, now under 50% share
  • Chrome on the rise: now at 11.5% share

“As IE has been falling, rivals Firefox, Chrome, and Safari have been rising. But while both Firefox and Safari have had various growth spurts throughout the past two years, Chrome is the clear winner. The browser has gone from 1 percent of the market two years ago, to 11.5 percent last month. That places it well ahead of the older Safari (at 4.4 percent) and only behind Firefox (at 31.5 percent) and IE.”

On TechCrunch’s own site the numbers are different…probably due to its readers being more technology leaders.


  • 15.65% is Safari
  • 12.77% is IE

“The numbers are clear: Firefox is in trouble. It has been the top browser since we began using Google Analytics to record stats back in 2007. By 2008, it was nearly 25 percentage points ahead of the next closest rival, Internet Explorer. As of yesterday, it stood just 3 percentage points ahead of the next closest rival, Chrome.”

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10 Responses to Web Testing Scope and Browser Market Share

  1. Arletta says:

    Hi! Is it okay if I go a bit off topic? I’m trying to view your post on my Mac but it doesn’t display properly, any suggestions? You can always email me at ucklin@gmail.com Thank you for the help I hope! Arletta

    • admin says:

      You’re my first guinea pig …. (the small cute furry kind) … is this page Mac-friendly or “hostile”? Are you using Safari? Any help I can give you, will also help me make the site better,
      Thanks for the comment!

  2. admin says:

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  3. admin says:

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  4. admin says:

    I believe it may be easier to understand if we don’t use the word “market share.”

    The word “market share” in this case may be confusing since browsers are “free” .. but in fact
    if you were Microsoft or Firefox (Mozilla) you would compete aggressively to stay near the top!
    In order that the “runners” in this “browser race” can keep score and know “who is winning”, they make a simple survey.

    Let’s pretend you have asked 1000 or 100 or 100,000 people
    “What browser[s] do you use and What percentage of the time?”
    My answer would be
    “Internet Explorer 30% and Firefox 70%”
    Add up another 100 or 1000 peoples’ answers and then they can put their measurement
    into a PICTURE (a pie graph or a line graph) just like you see in the article.

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    • admin says:

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  7. admin says:

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