Richard Gnall

Web Browsers and Web Browser Statistics

Web browser statistics vary greatly depending on the web server and the subset of the Internet population it serves.

Browser Statistics 
Stat Counter - Global Stats
Timeline for the major browsers.
Net Market Share
Top browser share trends.
BrowserNews
Up to date browser statistics with discussions of browser, resolution, and color-depth trends. Contains an overview of over 15 various browsers. Includes an analysis of design issues and demographic charts and tables showing how many people are willing to wait for what period of time while a page loads. Home page displays information about your browser.
W3Schools
Browser statistics and information on the history and future of Internet Explorer, Netscape, and Opera.
Browser & OS Sniffing
This simple JavaScript routine reads and returns information about your browser, OS, and other useful tidbits.
Web Browsers 
Chrome
Considered by some to be the world's best browser.
Mozilla
Mozilla is an open source development project similar to Linux. Previously managed by Netscape (later versions of Netscape were based on Mozilla) and then by AOL, it was spun off as the Mozilla Foundation in July, 2003. Mozilla was initially a full fledged internet application consisting of a browser, HTML editor, email client, and newsreader. The browser and email components were eventually spun off as Firefox and Thunderbird, and can be downloaded and run as stand alone applications.
Firefox
Once considered the browser to conquer Internet Explorer, that role has now been assumed by Chrome.
Opera
Opera claims to fully support the latest W3C standards and will sometimes refuse to display non-compliant webpages. Created by a Norwegian company, this browser, while gaining ground in Europe, has captured only 1 - 2% of the world wide market share. It does however, offer features not found in Internet Explorer.
Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows
Latest release of the world's most popular browser (for now). Although many people believe that Microsoft's draconian business practices are solely responsible for the downfall of the Netscape browser, website developers knew that Internet Explorer was the superior browser at the time, both from a user and design standpoint.
IE has had a history of security problems. In June, 2004, US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team), concerned about continuing MSIE security problems, recommended that Internet surfers stop using Microsoft Internet Explorer and switch to a different browser.
Microsoft Internet Explorer for Mac OS
Microsoft discontinued support for Internet Explorer for MAC on December 31, 2005. Although still available for download from non Microsoft websites, it is too old to support modern websites.
Lynx
Lynx is a text browser for the World Wide Web. Lynx 2.8.7 runs on Un*x, MacOS, VMS, Windows 95/98/NT, DOS386+ (but not 3.1, 3.11), as well as OS/2 EMX.
This is an important browser to consider when designing for blind and visually impaired viewers who surf the web with the aid of a speech synthesizer.