Windows 8.1 overtakes 8 worldwide

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – OS Market Share

But XP refuses to die and remains number two globally despite end of support in April

Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system has overtaken its older sibling Windows 8 for the first time in terms of internet usage worldwide, according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company.*

The company’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats also finds that despite Microsoft’s ending of support in April this year, Windows XP refuses to die and remains the world’s second most popular operating system version. However, for the first time globally, the combined total of Windows 8 and 8.1 (14%) overtook XP (12.9%) in August.

StatCounter finds that Windows 8.1 worldwide has grown steadily to 7.5% in August ahead of Windows 8 (6.6%). The newer operating system overtook its sibling in the UK in April and in the US in May. The data covers desktop, tablet and console.

“Following a mixed reaction to Windows 8, perhaps because of its radical new look, Windows 8.1 appears to be winning over users,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.

However, he added that the stubborn refusal of Windows XP to retire almost five months after the ending of non-paid support is a concern in terms of security and virus risks for remaining users.

Globally XP is on 12.9%, behind Windows 7 on 50.3%. In the US, XP internet usage share has declined below double figures to 8.9%. Europe’s XP share is 10.6% with UK down to 5.2%. Individual country stats are available at:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-monthly-201308-201408

Independent web analytics specialist StatCounter (www.statcounter.com) tracks millions of websites for companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed, charities and anyone who wants to measure activity on their website, blog or forum. Key features include ease of use, independence and ability to view individual visitors in real time.

StatCounter recently announced a new feature in response to Google’s controversial removal of keyword data. By integrating Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) data into its reports, StatCounter has given its members the ability to analyze all available keyword data.

This means that members don’t have to separately access GWT, download the data, merge with other keyword reports and analyze the combined information. Instead, StatCounter members can access all available keyword intelligence and slice and dice this all within their StatCounter account. StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to over three million websites.

StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to over three million websites.

*Microsoft assigned a new and distinct user agent to Windows 8.1 compared to Windows 8. For this reason, the two operating systems are separately reported on StatCounter Global Stats.

Less than a week to go and XP remains world’s second most popular operating system – StatCounter

XP users ‘sleep walking’ into potential virus and security minefield finds web analytics firm

With less than a week to go before Microsoft pulls the plug on general support for Windows XP, it remains the second most popular operating system in the world in terms of internet usage, according to the latest data from StatCounter, the independent website analytics company.

The company’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats finds that in March, Windows 7 was the global leader on 54.7% while XP remains in second place on 18.6%, more than double Mac OS X (all versions) on 8.6%.

“Despite the stark warnings and publicity surrounding the end of support in six days’ time, it appears that significant numbers of people are still using XP and sleep walking into a potential minefield of security and virus risks,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.

Despite the risks, XP remains the second most popular OS in terms of internet usage in Europe (15.9%); South America (17.8%); Asia (24.9%) and Africa (30.5%). It is third in North America (14.5%). Oceania, where XP has dropped to fourth on 8%, appears to be the most progressive continent in terms of upgrading from the almost 13 year old operating system.

In the US, XP is in third place on 15%. XP is also third in the UK with 8.4%.

Individual country stats may be accessed at: http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-os-ww-monthly-201403-201403-bar

StatCounter (www.statcounter.com), an independent web analytics specialist, is used by companies, bloggers, self-employed people, charities and anyone who wants to measure activity on their website, blog or forum. Key features include ease of use, independence and ability to view website data in real time.

StatCounter members can learn about visitors to their site with essential statistics such as incoming traffic (i.e. how visitors are finding the site), downloads (e.g. which brochures are being accessed) and exit links (i.e. which links people click as they leave the site).

StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.

New StatCounter report highlights global risk to business and other users from Windows XP

XP still world’s second most popular operating system despite Microsoft’s notice to end support

Despite news that Microsoft will discontinue support in April this year for Windows XP, it remains the second most popular operating system worldwide in terms of internet usage, according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company.

The company’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats, finds that in January 2014 Windows 7 was the global leader on 54.3% while XP took 19.2% on a worldwide basis.

“Even in mature markets like North America and the UK, XP remains ahead of Windows 8, 8.1 and Vista,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “This has serious implications for users, especially businesses, as lack of support may leave their data and systems at risk of exposure to security and virus issues.”

Microsoft has long advised that it will end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. In April 2013 it said: “This means that XP customers and partners will no longer receive security updates or be able to take advantage of tech support from Microsoft.”1 Updates for Microsoft Security Essentials, however, will be available until July 2015.2

Despite the risks, XP remains the second most popular OS in terms of internet usage in Europe (16.9%); South America (18.6%); Asia (26.4%) and Africa (32.0%). It is the third most popular in North America (12.5%); US (12.4%) and UK (9.5%). Individual country stats may be accessed at: http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-os-ww-monthly-201301-201401

StatCounter (www.statcounter.com), an independent web analytics specialist, is used by companies, bloggers, self-employed people, charities and anyone who wants to measure activity on their website, blog or forum. Key features include ease of use, independence and ability to view website data in real time.

StatCounter members can learn about visitors to their site with essential statistics such as keywords (i.e. search terms used to find the site), downloads (e.g. which brochures are being accessed) and exit links (i.e. which links people click as they leave the site).

StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.

Read more: New StatCounter report highlights global risk to business and other users from Windows XP | StatCounter Global Stats

Web analytics company StatCounter launches “Internet Wars” Report

Samsung overtakes Apple to claim number one spot globally for first time in terms of internet usage
Chrome tops Internet Explorer in US for first time

Samsung has overtaken Apple globally for the first time in June to take number one spot in terms of internet usage, according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company. In the United States Google’s browser Chrome overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the first time in June.

These are some of the findings in a new report from the firm’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats. The “StatCounter Internet Wars Report – Winners and Losers” charts progress over the last 12 months in the battle of the internet between the world’s biggest tech firms including Apple, Google and Microsoft. The full report may be downloaded from:

“The report charts winners and losers over the last 12 months in the battle to dominate the internet whether in the field of browsers, operating systems, search, mobile or social media,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.

The report finds that while 12 months ago, Nokia led globally in terms of internet usage, Samsung (25.47%) has leapfrogged both Apple (25.09%) and Nokia (21.96%) to take the lead in June 2013. In the US and UK however, Apple remains the clear leader.

While in May 2012 Chrome became the browser leader in terms of internet usage worldwide, it has now overtaken Internet Explorer for the first time in the United States as well. In June Chrome took the number one spot in the US at 34.02% (up from 23.84% 12 months ago). Over the same time frame IE declined to 32.46% (from 40.89%).

Other highlights include:

Operating Systems: Windows 7 increases internet usage share despite launch of Windows 8 – XP refuses to lie down

Social Media: Reports of Facebook decline appear exaggerated
– Twitter has greater referral influence in the UK than in the US

Search Engines: Google still dominates worldwide but more competitive in US where Bing makes some headway

StatCounter (www.statcounter.com), a web analytics specialist, is used by companies, bloggers, self-employed people, charities and anyone who wants to measure activity on their website, blog or forum. Key features include ease of use, independence and ability to view website data in real time. StatCounter members can learn about visitors to their site with essential statistics such as keywords (i.e. search terms used to find the site), downloads (e.g. which brochures are being accessed) and exit links (i.e. which links people click as they leave the site).

For interview with Aodhan, photo or press queries:
Naomi McElroy, Simpson Financial & Technology PR
naomi@simpsonftpr.ie; + 353 1 2605300

Internet Explorer 10 has overtaken Internet Explorer 7!

Internet Explorer 10 has overtaken Internet Explorer 7!

Windows 8 might be getting extreme reviews but one thing is clear, we are closing in on a time where older versions of Internet Explorer are disappearing from the server logs of web services.

During the Christmas time, Internet Explorer 10 actually managed to overtake Internet Explorer 7.

Thankfully Internet Explorer 6 is not even visible these days. Internet Explorer 9 is currently the most popular version which is pretty nice. What Microsoft needs to focus on is to get people on Internet Explorer 8 to upgrade to Internet Explorer 9.

Google Chrome remains the most popular browser in the market.

All of these figures are based on data provided by StatCounter.

Google Chrome extends lead over Internet Explorer

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share

As per the latest StatCounter data, Google Chrome is comfortably at the top of the charts with a 33.81% market share.

Internet Explorer is at the second spot with 32.04% share. Firefox remains at the third spot with 23.73% of the market share.

Google has done an exceptional job marketing Chrome around the world. They are the newest of the four leading browsers and managed to accomplish something that Firefox originally promised… Overtake Internet Explorer.

Remains to be seen how long Chrome would continue to expand their share in the global markets.

Independent web analytics firm StatCounter confirms milestone as Chrome overtakes IE globally for first calendar month

“Browser wars back with a vengeance”

After weeks of speculation, Google’s Chrome has unseated Microsoft Internet Explorer to become the world’s top internet browser for the first time for a full calendar month in May, according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company. The firm’s research arm StatCounter Global Stats says that Chrome surpassed IE for the first full day back in March and the achievement of the weekly milestone was widely reported on 21 May.

For the full month of May according to StatCounter data from over 15 billion page views, Chrome took 32.43% of the worldwide market compared to 32.12% for IE and 25.55% for Firefox.

StatCounter says that a battle royal has broken out between Chrome, IE and Firefox. “While attention has recently been focused on the battle between Chrome and IE, not-for-profit Mozilla’s Firefox with its loyal membership base should not be underestimated,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. He points out that an upswing of over 0.6% in Firefox usage from April to May 2012 (apparently at the expense of IE) helped to push Chrome into pole position.

“The browser wars are back with a vengeance,” he added. “This time there are three major players competing for the top spot but, ultimately, the real winner will be the end user who can look forward to more choice and innovation as a result of this increased competition.”

In a stunning display of growth, Chrome has gone from zero to market leader on a worldwide basis in less than four years. That said, while IE has ceded the top spot to Chrome for May 2012, Microsoft’s newest browser version (IE9) is performing well and Firefox is holding its own.

In the US, IE remains the dominant browser. IE is similarly dominant in the UK.

StatCounter Global Stats has recently launched a new map feature which clearly illustrates the increasing global usage of Chrome. The increase is particularly evident when mapped data from May 2011 and May 2012 is compared – both IE and Firefox cede a significant number of countries to Chrome over the period.

Ends

Press queries

For interview with Aodhan Cullen, photo or other press queries please contact:

Naomi McElroy, Simpson Financial & Technology PR
T: + 353 1 260 5300 or E: naomi@simpsonftpr.ie

Notes to Editors:

Sample Size

Stats are based on over 15 billion page views per month recorded across over 3 million websites. We are not aware of any publicly available stats with a larger sample size.

Browser Usage Stats based on Page Views

To accurately measure browser usage, we base our stats on page views (and not unique visitors). This means we take account of how frequently browsers are used and we also track multi-browser usage by individuals. Click to view a video explanation.

Google Chrome Prerendering

From 1 May 2012, prerendered pages in Google Chrome (which are not actually viewed) are not included in our stats. Statistics prior to this date have not been revised. Note that this change has not had any discernible impact on our browser stats. This is due to our use of page views to track browser usage – page views are less susceptible to influence by prerendering than unique visitors.

Fact Sheet

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