Usage share of browsers are definitely interesting nowadays, more people are choosing their own favourite browser. But interestingly, many choices are likely primarily influenced by the user interface of the browser and then the speediness of the browser. My opinion is that the user interface of the browser is of a paramount importance.
Let’s check the usage stats for June 2012 to July 2012 (essentially we’re checking the stats for June 2012).
Note – the stats stated here are not fully representative as not every web site uses StatCounter.
Worldwide market share.
Chrome takes the lead of worldwide market share with 32.76% – just 0.42% more than Internet Explorer (which is also collectively regardless of the browser version).
Internet Explorer is the second most used browser in the world 32.34% worldwide market share.
Firefox is the third most used browser worldwide with 24.5% market share.
Safari is the fourth mot used browser worldwide with 7.02% market share.
Opera always has had the lowest market share, especially on the desktop. Their market share is essentially the same as it’s always been – for June to July 2012 their market share is at 1.77%.
United Kingdom market share.
In the UK, Internet Explorer is used the most by a good margin.
Internet Explorer being first with 36.46% United Kingdom market share.
Chrome comes second with 29.22% United Kingdom market share.
Firefox is third with 19.38% United Kingdom market share.
Safari being fourth with 12.82% United Kingdom market share.
Opera being fifth with 0.91% market share in the United Kingdom.
Over the past year, Internet Explorer market share has gone down.
And this is the case with both worldwide and United Kingdom market share. From June to July 2011, Internet Explorer’s worldwide market share was at 43.01% and United Kingdom market share in that period for Internet Explorer was at 45.95%. And in June to July 2012 Internet Explorer market share is now at 36.46%, with the largest gains in this case being with Google’s Chrome browser.