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Windows 7: chrome over takes IE as No. 1 browser

08 Oct 2012   #1
kf10

Win 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 
chrome over takes IE as No. 1 browser

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08 Oct 2012   #2
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
you need to be a bit more suspicious of these types of stats --- While I'm sure the usage of Chrome far exceeds that of IE now isn't this because a HUGE amount of browsing / surfing is done these days with devices like tablets and smartphones.

Once you add Android into the equation this isn't surprising at all (in fact it probably should really be obvious -- please don't take offense here - none intended -- but statistics have an incredible way of being either grossly mis-used -- as per virtually the whole advertising industry -- or wrongly interpreted).

The way these stats are gathered as well are somewhat suspect -- If say a Google lookup is performed does Google actually KNOW whether the query comes from a desktop / tablet / mobile phone --it usually will receive just an IP address -- and secondly it's quite easy for browser ID's to be changed so the browser name won't be reported correctly anyway.

Cheers
jimbo
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08 Oct 2012   #3
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
User-Agent

Part of the information exchanged in http requests is an item called "User-Agent".

Quote:
In particular, the Hypertext Transfer Protocol identifies the client software originating the request, using a "User-Agent" header, ...
Wikipedia
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I believe this is how MS was preventing people from accessing the MS update site, if they were using anything other than IE.
There is a plugin for Firefox that replaces the FF "User-Agent" info with IE "User-Agent" info.

On my networking course (as an exercise) we set MS Forefront TMG to block the Mozilla "User-Agent" from our virtual networks.

Quote:
A result of user agent spoofing may be that collected statistics of Web browser usage are inaccurate.
Wikipedia
User agent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I suspect that most people aren't changing their browser's "User-Agent" though.
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08 Oct 2012   #4
z3r010

 

For our sites Chrome has been No.1 for at least 6 months now and it's percentage just keeps rising.

SF/EF/VF
Chrome 37%
IE 27%
FF 26%
Safari 6%
Opera 2%
Android Browser 1.6%
Others
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08 Oct 2012   #5
v0id

Windows 3.11
 
 

Firefox <3
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08 Oct 2012   #6
Katanyavich

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I've used all the major browsers over the last few years.

None of them come CLOSE to IE9/10.

IE still suffers unfairly from the IE6/7 lack of security.

There is NOTHING wrong with it.
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08 Oct 2012   #7
z3r010

 

I was a IE user right up to IE9 which I just couldn't find any love for, so I jumped ship to FF and aint looked back.
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08 Oct 2012   #8
mangoh

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I was with IE until they announced they would stop supporting Windows XP. Moved to Chrome, upgraded to W7 and refuse to go back.
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08 Oct 2012   #9
dolittle

windows 7
 
 

I like FF. Chrome works for me but I'm just used to FF. Never did like IE of any flavor.
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08 Oct 2012   #10
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Firefox

I can't customise IE9 and it doesn't have NoScript, so it's Firefox "all the way" for me.

I also hate the way that "modern" browsers hide all of the controls.

I like my controls.
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