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Browser and operating system statistics

Posted Aug 20, 2004 in Browsers.

I am curious. Does anyone have a general idea of what percentage of users are still using Internet Explorer 5 for Mac? Although it is universally recognized as being one of the first browsers to truly embrace CSS, thanks to the hard work of Tantek Çelik, it seems a little aged now. I don't own a Mac, so it is hard for me to develop for it. I have found that Safari is reasonably predictable, but IE5/Mac remains a pain in the neck for me.

TheCounter.com maintains some reasonably reliable statistics that I consult from time to time, but I have been unable to find any other concrete figures about browser and operating system usage.

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    Considering that OS X ships with IE and that Office X or XI comes with it as well, the percentage could be quite high among non-technical Mac users. The first release of OS X did not even come with Safari...

    Posted by David on Aug 20, 2004.

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    How depressing. It surprises me that Apple still ship Internet Explorer with their operating system, given that they have their "own" browser.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Aug 20, 2004.

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    Safari is the default browser since Mac OS X 10.3, which was released almost a year ago. Internet Explorer is still included, but it's not in the Dock (meaning non-technical users are not very likely to find it). The reason for even including IE is probably that there still are sites that do browser sniffing and refuse to let anything but IE or Netscape 4.* enter.

    Posted by Roger on Aug 23, 2004.