Firefox is growing trendy for the common viewer

I’ve been following TheCounter.com’s stats for a few weeks, and a very interesting trend is emerging.

I think that TheCounter is probably a more accurate view of browser status than most of the more technically-minded stats sites.

For example, w3schools claims there is a 20% market share for Mozilla. This is certainly not in the non-technical community. Government offices, for example, are traditionally slow to change technologies, and home-users tend to use what has come with their computer and nothing else.

Anyway – I believe TheCounter.com offers a more valid status.

Here is a slice of the last 9 or so days. I’ve only taken the stats for Mozilla-based browsers and IE-based browsers. I ignore all others, and IE3- and NN4-.

08/09/04 09/09/04 10/09/04 13/09/04 14/09/04 15/09/04 16/09/04 17/09/04
IE6 28093914 30411721 32254338 37292744 39432983 41648423 43808651 45987875
IE5 5087061 5449934 5725591 6434434 6757312 7094661 7428836 7759053
IE4 94268 101497 not taken 124086 130751 137542 144749 151380
Mozilla 682356 737769 782658 921321 974166 1027951 1080864 1135247
NN7 317419 341740 361169 474727 439413 461675 483835 505864
NN6 not taken not taken 26236 31042 32951 34856 36612 38610
NN5 280483 326900 364350 416702 520788 565912 611693 658746
MICROSOFT 96.30 96.24 96.12 95.97 95.93 95.90 95.87 95.84
GECKO 3.70 3.76 3.88 4.03 4.07 4.10 4.13 4.16

What I think is very interesting in this is that there is an uptake of at least .03% for Firefox every day. The first three recorded days are a bit spotty, but it is very obvious that there is a threat for Microsoft!

I’m just waiting for Firefox to hit 20% using this table before I try really plugging it to my company. As a web development company, we generally focus on the browsers with the highest market share, and that’s a real shame, as that’s IE6 at the moment, which has really spotty support for most standards, and introduces things which don’t work in other browsers.

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