'PC-Welt' Poll Finds Large Usage Share for Mozilla-Based Browsers

Wednesday December 18th, 2002

The German magazine PC-Welt recently polled its readers to find out the most popular browser. The results are interesting: 33.7% of respondents use a Mozilla-based browser, with half of those choosing Mozilla itself (17.4%) and the rest going with Netscape 6.x (1.8%), Netscape 7.x (9.6%) or Phoenix (4.9%). This shows a large increase in the use of Mozilla-based browsers since the results of a similar poll were published last year. Internet Explorer is still the most popular browser overall with a 41.1% vote share.

Though the PC-Welt article is in German, a rough English translation is available courtesy of Google. Thanks to Hanno Boeck for the news.

#29 Re: I am not seeing that...

by jonadab <>

Friday December 27th, 2002 11:36 AM

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> on my site. Total moz-based browsers are at about 3% and growing

It depends on the demographic of your site. Browser usage is skewed by a number of factors. Besides the obvious ones, like the subject matter of the site, there are slight skewings for things like national origin and language and larger ones for things like level of education. (A somewhat more literate site is somewhat more likely to attract users who have experimented with various browsers rather than just using the pre-installed one, for example.) Also, the visual appearance of the site will have a significant impact on which users come back: load it up with blinking, flashing things, and a larger percentage your returning users will be using MSIE.

Additionally, taking the number from the logs will skew toward MSIE (because of spoofing); whereas, polling the users and taking them at their word will skew the results away from MSIE (because users who don't know what browser they are using are generally using MSIE).

Still 33% seems high, unless the site _content_ is driving it. (Mozillazine probably has numbers much higher than 33%, but that's not fair. Microsoft probably gets their numbers from msn or someplace, so they're not getting accurate numbers either (which is probably no bad thing).)

The stats I want are Google's. There are still skewing factors (e.g., geeks are more likely than average to opt for Google over another search engine, but OTOH geeks are more likely to get the right result the first time, remember or bookmark it, and go straight to the site next time; MSIE users are more likely to type a URI into the search box, mistake the error message for a search result, click on the link, count it as a successful experience, and do it again tomorrow with the same URI), but on the whole I would expect Google to have much more ballanced stats than most sites.