Browser wars 2

Who’s winning this time round? Is Firefox having any impact?

Here’s the stats for my most heavily trafficked site, top 15 agents:

Hits Percent User Agent
30815 11.88% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98)
23816 9.18% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)
14375 5.54% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1
10701 4.12% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)
8880 3.42% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET
8330 3.21% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98)
8092 3.12% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0)
6784 2.61% Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Yahoo! Slurp;
5190 2.00% Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; rv:1.7.3) Gecko/2004
5144 1.98% Program Shareware 1.0.0
4832 1.86% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0; .NET CLR 1
3825 1.47% Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko
3314 1.28% Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko
2982 1.15% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; FunWebProd
2362 0.91% Atomz/1.0

Interesting that after all these years, IE5.5 is still the top hitting browser.

Gecko is Firefox and Mozilla and their derivatives. Probably a few copies of Netscape 7 floating around as well.

Atomz and Yahoo are spiders, obviously, though I’m not sure why Yahoo decided it would be good to tell us their spider is Mozilla compatible, ‘cos I bet it isn’t. Google comes through every so often, but doesn’t appear in the top 15 provided by my web site’s default report.

I have no idea what “Program Shareware 1.0.0” is. Any ideas, anybody?

No sign at all of Mac users, or indeed any OS other than Windows. Maybe if the list showed the top 50…

Getting these into some basic groups, we have:

Hits Percent User Agent
82008 31.60% MSIE 6
30815 11.87% MSIE 5.5
12329 4.75% Gecko

I could show you the two party preferred figures, but I scarcely need to: IE still rules the roost, though I’d bet Gecko/Firefox is slowly gaining momentum.

(Obviously I’m going to have to look beyond the top 15, because there must be an awful lot of minority combinations of OS/browser out there.)

It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out over the next few months.

6 thoughts on “Browser wars 2

  1. Ren

    There’s lots of shareware alternate browsers of little significance – they’re the sort of things you get on the freebee CDs on PC mags… I’ve got a few of them myself though they’re too basic. Still… *clinging to IE*

  2. Paul Wakeford

    “Program Shareware 1.0.0” looks (from a brief Google search) to be either a bot which collects email addresses from comment pages or a bot which tries to post spam in comments.

  3. Daniel

    ahhh… thanks Paul. I suppose I could block it with .htaccess, but I’m sure it won’t maintain identity for long. In any case, I try to make it the case that on my web sites there’s no email addresses to steal. WordPress’s comment spam filters are pretty good, too.

  4. A Non

    Out of interest I just looked at the same stats for a commercial site I look after (80 million hits, 60m page views in Sept) and IE6 accounts for just over 75% of those, IE5.x is 11%, Netscape 7.x at 3% with Firefox at 8th with < 1%. At the other end there was one visit each for IE1.x, IE2.x and Opera 3.x. For OSes, XP is > 60%, followed by 98, 2000 and ME. Mac PPC is down at 0.63% with Linux at 0.18%. The site is not particularly Windows based (one minor area has an ActiveX control) and has been targetted at IE and Netscape (and works fine in Firefox).

  5. A Non

    Hmm, not sure what happened there, looks like the comment box ate some text when I user greater-than and less-than.. it should have read…

    ‘… with Firefox at 8th with less than 1%. At the other end IE1.x, 2.x and Opera 3.x have one visit logged each. In OSes, XP is top with 60%, …’

  6. Andy Merrett

    I don’t visit TCWF often enough at home and my measly attempt at getting Safari on the list would fail dismally. Ahh well – and I thought Mac users had taste – they obviously need alerting to your writings. 🙂

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