If someone were to ask: “name the top 3 web browsers what would you say?” I know I generally think of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. At least in the current day and time, based on popularity and market/usage share.
Who leads the pack, or by how much seems to vary from one site or report to the next. I can’t imagine the statistics being perfectly accurate, but they shed a little insight.
So let’s discuss the top 3 web browsers release dates, and current version according to Wikipedia.
Initial Release: September 2, 2008 (4 years ago)
Current Stable Release: 22.0.1229.79 – September 25, 2012
Initial Release: November 9, 2004 (7 years ago)
Current Stable Release: 15.0.1 – September 28th, 2012
Initial Release: (Version 1.0) August 1995 (17 years ago)
Current Stable Release: 10.0.9200.16384 – August 1, 2012
In 4 years time we have a Google Chrome 22.x. Just under 8 years for Firefox and we have version 15.x. And, a whopping 17 years for Internet Explorer we end up with version 10.x.
Firefox switched to a rapid release a few months back where they have been pushing out new versions every 6 weeks give or take. If they hadn’t done that they wouldn’t be anywhere near 15.0x yet. They might have done this to keep up with Google Chrome’s numbers. There isn’t usually a major layout or design change with these rapid Firefox releases, and I really don’t see why they consider it a totally new version. For the most part it has been nearly the same for quite a while now. Then again, Google Chrome has looked pretty much the same for quite a while now too.
It does make me wonder if Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are still around in 10+ years from now what version number are we going to have? I can hear the young techies telling their friends: “You only have version 79…you need to get version 86!”
At some point a high numbering system just seems like too much. Almost ridiculous actually, and we are getting to that point right now.
The following are statistics from Wikipedia on October 1st, 2012:
Usage Share of Web Browsers:
I know I have seen other stats where Internet Explorer was at the top of the list, and Google Chrome was down much further. It either depends on who is computing these things, or the web browser market share has changed a lot recently. At any rate this is what Wikipedia claims at the current date and time.
It also includes an interesting world map image of “Most used web browser by country.”
Internet Explorer = Blue
Google Chrome = Green
Firefox = Orange
Opera = Red
They even included Antarctica with Firefox as the most used browser in the country/continent. What is the population of Antarctica anyway?
According to Wikipedia it varies from about 1,000 in winter to about 5,000 in summer, which means there are probably more penguins than people!
If penguins figure out how to use Google Chrome or Internet Explorer, Firefox could be in trouble!