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Windows 7: browser usage by month

30 May 2011   #1

Win 7 home premium 32 bit
browser usage by month

2 sites about browser usage is giving vastly different data about IE, FF and chrome

pls tell me which one is telling the truth

Browser Statistics

2011 April
IE 24.3 %
Firefox 42.9 %
Chrome 25.6 %

FF is leading browser according to above link

where accroding to wiki data IE is the leading browser
Usage share of web browsers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Historical usage share

StatCounter (July 2008 to present)

April 2011
IE 44.52%
Firefox 29.67%
Chrome 18.29%


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30 May 2011   #2

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Windows 7 x64

I see this in basically all usage statistics online. I have come to consider it normal. Just as my personal benchmarks are usually much higher than what I see posted by similar systems online.

The questions are what criteria is being used to obtain these statistics. As it's basically impossible to tell what everyone on the internet is using there simply is no localized database that contains those figures.

At the end of the day you could walk into a room full of people with colds and determine that everyone on earth has the sniffles.
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30 May 2011   #3

Arch Linux 64-bit

W3Schools data is of hits/visitors to their website.

StatCounter data is of hits from three million sites (according to Wikipedia).
W3Schools is a website for people with an interest for web technologies. These people are more interested in using alternative browsers than the average user. The average user tends to the browser that comes preinstalled with their computer, and do not seek out other browser alternatives.

These facts indicate that the browser figures above are not 100% realistic. Other web sites have statistics showing that Internet Explorer is a more popular browser.

Anyway, our data, collected from W3Schools' log-files, over many years, clearly shows the long and medium-term trends.
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30 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Both sites are being truthful.
If you read the wiki link it gives many reasons why browser figures may not be accurate.
The demographic of W3schools users has 41% of users coming from America & another 24% from Asia, in both regions according to Statcounter Internet Explorer has a healthy lead over Firefox.
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