Web Browser Statistics and Trends

Date: 6/22/2015

Web Browser Statistics and Trends, Browser Market Share by Desktop and Mobile/Tablet, and the Most Used Browsers Today

Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari Are the Most Used Browsers for Desktop, Mobile and Tablet Applications

Web Browser

A browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web, including Web pages, images, video and other files. As a client/server model, the browser is the client run on a computer that contacts the Web server and requests information. The Web server sends the information back to the Web browser which displays the results on the computer or other Internet-enabled device that supports a browser.

Browser Software

Browsers are fully-functional software suites that can interpret and display HTML Web pages, applications, JavaScript, AJAX and other content hosted on Web servers. Many browsers offer plug-ins which extend the capabilities of the software so it can display multimedia information (including sound and video), or the browser can be used to perform tasks such as videoconferencing, to design web pages or add anti-phishing filters and other security features to the browser. The two most popular browsers are Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox. Other major browsers include Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Opera. While most commonly use to access information on the web, a browser can also be used to access information hosted on Web servers in private networks.  

Mobile Browsers

A mobile browser, also called a micro-browser, is optimized to display Web content on smaller mobile device screens and to perform efficiently on these computing devices, which have far less computing power and memory capacity as desktop or laptop. Mobile browsers are typically "stripped down" versions of Web browsers and offer fewer features in order to run well on mobile devices.

The Major Web Browsers Are:

Chrome Browser

Google Chrome is a freeware web browser developed by Google. It used the WebKit layout engine until version 27 and, with the exception of its iOS releases, from version 28 and beyond uses the WebKit fork Blink. It was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on September 2, 2008, and as a stable public release on December 11, 2008.

Firefox Browser

Mozilla Firefox (known simply as Firefox) is a free and open-source web browser developed for Windows, OS X, and Linux, with a mobile version for Android, by the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation. Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine to render web pages, which implements current and anticipated web standards.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Browser

Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows Internet Explorer, commonly abbreviated IE or MSIE) is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, starting in 1995. It was first released as part of the add-on package Plus! for Windows 95 that year. Later versions were available as free downloads, or in service packs, and included in the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) service releases of Windows 95 and later versions of Windows.

Opera and Opera Mini Browser

Opera is a web browser developed by Opera Software. The latest version is available for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux operating systems, and uses the Blink layout engine. An earlier version using the Presto layout engine is still supported, and additionally runs on FreeBSD systems. Editions of Opera are available for devices running the Android, iOS, Symbian, Maemo, Bada, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile operating systems, and for Java ME capable devices.

Safari Browser

Safari is a web browser developed by Apple Inc. included with the OS X and iOS operating systems. First released as a public beta on January 7, 2003, on the company's OS X operating system, it became Apple's default browser beginning with Mac OS X v10.3 "Panther". The native browser of iOS is also called Safari, but has a different graphical user interface (GUI) and uses a different WebKit version and application programming interface (API).

Browser Market Share by Desktop and Mobile/Tablet

Desktop Browser Market Share

  1. Desktop Browser Market ShareMicrosoft Internet Explorer: 57.47%
  2. Chrome: 23.68%
  3. Firefox: 12.29%
  4. Safari: 5.11%
  5. Opera: 1.03%

Mobile/Tablet Browser Market Share

  1. Mobile and Tablet Browser Market ShareSafari: 39.67%
  2. Chrome : 30.94%
  3. Android Browser: 14.97%
  4. Opera Mini: 8.53%
  5. Microsoft Internet Explorer: 2.41%

October, 2014 to May, 2015; Sources: Net Applications.com


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