Click the chart to see it full size. The two browsers to keep an eye on are Internet Explorer and Firefox. Internet Explorer’s total penetration is dropping and Internet Explorer 7’s share seems to be dropping off under Firefox!
Data source: W3Schools
Safari hasn’t even made any impact, even with its attempt to push into the Windows market. Perhaps part of Safari’s problems are the immediate and embarrassing security issues that were uncovered within 2 hours of its download by Lar Holm.
IMHO, the issue with Internet Explorer is purely due to two reasons:
- The Internet Explorer Team’s continued ignorance of CSS standards. Though it may sound like this would be a small percentage of the population, it’s the people that may matter most that they are alienating – the developers.
- I may sound like I hate Internet Explorer, but I actually use it every day. It seems to perform well and, when page hacks are implemented, the rendering of those pages is beautiful. I continuously struggle with the usability of the application, though, as soon as I try to use a menu. The ridiculous positioning of the menus to the right is a fundamental flaw. Take a look at any application and all the menus are positioned to the left, not the right.
I recently loaded up Vista on my son, Bill’s, new screaming PC and I have to tell you that the interface is dazzling, especially with the Aero effects running. Bill was able to install Office 2007 for school and I love the ribbon menu system. It may take me some time to figure out where everything is – but thus far, each feature is intuitively positioned with fantastic visuals that accurately represent the action.
Given these User Experience and Usability enhancements in core Microsoft products, I’m surprised that the Internet Explorer team hasn’t put out a call for help.
Don’t listen to me, though… just keep your eye on the statistics.