Ever heard of the Browser Wars? Are you aware that you might be playing a role in them, without even knowing it? Every company that runs a browser, be it Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer, is fighting for your attention and usage time. Here at iFactory, we hear quite a bit of debate about which browser is best, so we've been taking a look at who's dominating the battle at the moment, both at home and across the globe.
Here at work
We thought we'd start our research on home turf, by asking our team which browser is winning their love. And we reckon the results might surprise you. It turns out that 70% of us are most passionate about Chrome. 30% of us always download and use the latest, version 39. But 10% have found the latest two editions of Chrome too buggy for their liking, so they've been sticking with versions 33 and 34.
At the same time, only 10% of our employees said that they're keenest on Opera, while another 10% reported that Firefox is their favourite. The final 10% reported using a combination of Chrome AND Firefox.
Across the globe
After that survey, we were kind of curious about how our statistics compare with what's going on all over the world. Are we at iFactory, typical participants in the Browser Wars or somewhat out-of-the-box?
Well, as it turns out, our love for Chrome is pretty indicative of what's going on worldwide. In November 2014, Chrome attracted 60.1% of users, which is a pretty spectacular achievement for a browser that came into the game relatively late – in 2008. Meanwhile, Firefox is current holder of the silver medal, having been used by 23.4% of people in the same month.
Internet Explorer comes in third, claiming 9.8% of attention. This statistic represents a bit of a decline for the once-legendary browser. Between 2002 and 2007, it was the most popular by far, consistently attracting between 56% and 88% of usage. But it simply hasn't been able to keep up with the competition set by Chrome and Firefox.
Finally, if you're into Safari or Opera, you're in the minority, with Safari being used by 3.6% of surfers and Opera by 1.6%.
And how about you?
So, whose side are you on? Which browser do you use most? Is there a difference between what happens at work and what happens at home? We'd love to know, so feel free to join our conversation.