Talk:Usage share of web browsers

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W3Schools Relevance[edit]

What is the relevance of W3Schools stats here? The way it is currently portrayed, it is given significance among the other stat aggregators. However, it is merely one of millions of websites that only tracks usage of its own visitors. Why should this be treated differently than any other website's user-agent logs? I think it should be removed from this page. Spetnik (talk) 23:06, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

It is a popular website, e.g., #207 in the world per Alexa, and #367 per Compete; it is not an aggressively commercial site; they publish their browser statistics, which most sites do not; and their stats offer an insight into which browsers presumably more tech-savvy consumers prefer. However, I don't have strong feelings about it, and since you feel strongly that W3Schools does not belong, I removed W3Schools from the article. Mark D Worthen PsyD 22:33, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

"IE8 Usage … Triples?!" – and back too normal next month – do not read too much into short term trends.. [possibly because of botnet, but denied.][edit]

"Despite extensive investigation we have not found any evidence of bot or other invalid activity in the December stats. The spike in IE 8.0 may have been a seasonal issue [..]" (seen by hovering over)[1] Original link I posted - also interesting[2]

[The rise of IE 8 (and corresponding fall of Chrome) is not seen in e.g. Asia or Europe numbers, but is noticeable in Worldwide numbers (it's that big). Even if all non-desktop platforms are included a slight blip in Chrome is seen.]


[Note below are links with "Worldwide Desktop & Tablet Browser Statistics" while StatCounter above shows desktop (and I believe tablets where not affected). While blips like these take from Chrome desktop and not absolute tablet or mobile numbers, they change relative mobile/Android/iOS numbers..]

"We may never discover the real reason behind IE8’s phantom jump. Perhaps it’s just a statistical blip — unless you can concoct a better conspiracy theory?"[3]

Older article from same guy at sitepoint: "Have US web users suddenly turned nostalgic for ancient browsers? One potential explanation could be the high profile corporate hacks and denial of service (DoS) attacks on the Xbox and Sony gaming networks. DoS attacks generally rely on malware distributed to thousands of devices — and Windows XP is an easier target than most. Presuming the malware cloned the default browser’s user agent string, it could look as though traffic originated from IE8.[..]

The blip means it’s difficult to comment on the performance of other browsers — they all dropped. Firefox lost half a point. Interestingly, StatCounter did comment that Yahoo is used three times more often on Firefox in the US now that it’s become the default search engine for version 34."[4]

Edge browser[edit]

Are the number for the Edge browser included under IE or are they under other? If so it may be worth adding an Edge column. Sizeofint (talk) 17:30, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

I also would like to see stats for Edge. 76.185.209.233 (talk) 00:11, 5 January 2016 (UTC)

First paragraph of Summary tables section[edit]

This is about Comp.arch's revert of an edit I made for the first paragraph of the Summary tables section (diff). I am not going to initiate any kind of edit war, I simply want to explain that my purpose was to improve the clarity and coherence of that first paragraph. It is a difficult to read, potentially confusing paragraph as it stands now. I suggest improving the prose, that's all. Mark D Worthen PsyD 16:37, 5 September 2015 (UTC)

Feel free to simplify; almost as much as you did, just Chrome isn't most popular on tablets (and not available on consoles, one of the platforms that StatCounter tracks - I've left that out as Chrome is most popular on all platforms they support except for those). comp.arch (talk) 18:27, 5 September 2015 (UTC)

Unknown for desktops is up to 3.72% from 0.93% just over a year ago[edit]

I'm asking for why, and possible theories on these StatCounter stats.. comp.arch (talk) 15:18, 19 January 2016 (UTC)

The Edge browser maybe? Sizeofint (talk) 18:33, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

Where is Edge?[edit]

Doesn’t make sense that, in May 2016, a ctrl-F for “Edge” will match 0 times on this article. --X883 (talk) 00:48, 17 May 2016 (UTC)