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Has Chrome overtaken Firefox? – Browser Statistics Q1 2011

The big question for many developers, user experience specialists and conversion / split test experts is always about browsers. The Web development community have said a firm “NO” to development in IE6 but still some client request it.

So this is one of a series of articles I will be writing in the next few weeks where I have pulled the data from between 200-500 Google Analytics accounts using this is just a good way of aggregating data.

Anyway after talking with Paddy Moogan @Distilled at SASCon last week, I told him what i’d been doing with data analysis and he said “I want to know if chrome has taken over firefox yet”.

Well the data is based on 209 websites, for the month of April 2011 and consists of 4,108,498 website visits.

And the winner is: Internet Explorer still with 51% share of the market but then Firefox and Chrome are a chunk behind with Chrome in second with 17% and Firefox 16%.

Browser Conversion

Well the beaty about having Google analytics data is that you can set up goals so you can also view browser conversion. The below shows Chrome and Firefox user convert more than IE or Safari.

Finally the last part to this post is about browser version with particular reference to IE6:

So IE6 2% of traffic, whats that worth to you?

i will be producing this every quarter from now on so next one in July/August 2011

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