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What’s The Most Popular Browser?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Using The Internet

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.

~ Cynthia



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4 Responses to “What’s The Most Popular Browser?”

  1. k.p.subramanian says:

    u r right. despite the fact that I use, Google chrome / fire-fox/ maxthon/ hotmail/rediffmail,. I find internet explorer the best of all / reliable one – from my experience point of view.

  2. Katie says:

    This information was good to know especially since the browser I use has ended up being used by defalt and not by choice. How can I use the browser I want without being thrown into the one that defaults where I can’t choose what I want to do my searches?

  3. Ralph says:

    The reason that Internet Explorer is the most widely used is because it comes as the only browser with Microsoft operating systems. So people naturally use it. Then,when/if they learn more about computers they find that IE is not very secure and will look for another browser. Most people that I repair computers for don’t know about Firefox, Chrome or Opera. They just use what was given to them.

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