Geoff from Portsmouth asks:
What are the most popular web browsers? Does anyone really use Internet Explorer these days? I prefer Firefox myself, with Chrome a distant second. How many people have switched?
Let’s go to the numbers for 2014 courtesy of NetMarketShare. According to their numbers, Internet Explorer was the browser used by 58.94% of people who accessed the Internet from a desktop That’s up slightly from 58.21% of users in January of 2014.
Chrome was used by 20.57% of users, a big jump from 16.34% of users back at the start of the year. Chrome’s gain seem to have come from Firefox’s loss. Firefox started the year ahead of Chrome as the #2 browser and finished in 3rd place.
Firefox is used by only 13.26% of users, down from 18.02% at the start of 2014. Firefox launched a fundraising drive recently asking user to contribute in order to “build an Internet that puts the public good over profit.”
Safari is the preferred browser for 5.9% of desktop users, followed by Opera at less than 1%. Other browsers combined account for less than .5% of browsers.