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Web Browsers Worth Supporting In May 2013

Web Browsers Worth Supporting In May 2013

The next instalment on which browsers you should be supporting in May 2013 shows big gains for 1 browser.

The main change this month over previous browser share updates is that IE10 now appears in your Windows update as an important update (certainly for the Windows 7 operating system). This means that many users are automatically upgrading to IE10 and moving away from IE9.

If you are not yet testing in IE10 then, as you will see below, the market share for this browser just went up several percent.

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United Kingdom – Top Web Browsers (with over 1% of market share) of April 2013

UK Browser Share - April 2013

  • Chrome 26 – 29.89%
  • IE9 – 15.15%
  • Firefox 20 – 8.18%
  • IE8 – 8.15%
  • Safari iPad – 7.68%
  • IE10 – 6.18%
  • Firefox 19 – 4.58%
  • Safari 6 – 4.02%
  • Safari 5.1 – 2.51%
  • Chrome 25 – 1.63%

As mentioned above, IE10 is now gaining more ground due to being included in automatic updates for Windows 7. As a result, IE10 is up over 6% (up from below 3% last month) whilst IE9 now drops to 15%.

Chrome is still way out in front with version 26 whilst version 25 has almost faded from the top 10 browsers.

Firefox has version 20 in 3rd place with version 19 in 7th, collecting together 12.76% of the UK browser market.

IE8 again drops slightly but so does the iPad so no change in places. Safari 6 finally makes it over 4% whilst Safari 5.1 continues its steady decline.

Worldwide – Top Web Browsers (with over 1% of market share) of April 2013

Worldwide Browser Share - April 2013

  • Chrome 26 – 32.13%
  • IE9 – 13.35%
  • Firefox 20 – 9.47%
  • IE8 – 9.3%
  • IE10 – 6.19%
  • Firefox 19 – 5.42%
  • Safari iPad – 3.56%
  • Safari 6 – 2.21%
  • Chrome 25 – 1.88%
  • Safari 5.1 – 1.57%

Chrome loses a small amount of market share with version 26 and 25 combining to reach 34.01% of users, down from 34.98% last month.

IE10 jumps from 2% to over 6% at the expense of IE9, which drops to just over 13%.

The overall market share for Firefox, spread between versions 20 and 19 is now below 15%.

IE8 now drops below 10% and also small drops for Safari iPad, Safari 6 and Safari 5.1.

All the above statistics are from StatCounter Global Stats.

Tom Batey, founder of WebDepend, is a hands on website tester focusing on quality across web, mobile and email.

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