This is a little update on Steve‘s suggestion. You can view past updates for OSes in 2008, browsers in 2009, OSes and browsers in 2009, and in 2011. And just as before, we still have a few hits from IE 2.0. Though in what seems to be common trend across a lot of sites out there, Safari and Firefox are far ahead of Internet Explorer. Don’t know if this will change with the proliferation of Windows phones and Safari most likely includes a sizable number of iPhones.
On the OS front, Windows is still ahead with XP having the same usage share of Mac OS X. I believe “Windows NT” includes Windows 7/8 and Server 2008.
Update: The TL;DR version of this post is that I’m stupid. Read the bottom.
This started last night, but it seems it hasn’t been resolved yet. I had to make the last post in Firefox because WordPress is suddenly uncooperative in IE. Apparently IE has effectively been cut off from the WP “experience” as of yesterday.
I just tried making this post in IE and it only got saved to drafts. Wouldn’t publish at all. The fonts don’t look all that great either.
And the stats page is not opening up either and is stuck on “Loading”. Even the loading screen looks different in IE vs FF.
I’m hoping this is just a momentary glitch and the WP folks haven’t decided to completely cut off a very large percentage of the web populous.
Thanks to timethief, I found out that I’m not as smart as I think I am. IE’s “Compatibility Mode”, an archaic left over from the days where web designers created sites with only IE 6+ in mind, was on all this time and I didn’t even notice. Not that I’m trying to resuce what’s left of my pride here, but I’m sure I did NOT turn on compatibility mode. IE has a habit of turning it on when visiting sites that are broken and then forgetting to turn it back off.
But in my defense, tell me how easy it is to spot the difference.
This disease suddenly started after I ran an update on my Windows 7 machine, but I’m not really sure if it was an existing addon compatibility issue before I ran the update. Although I am sure that it’s caused partly due to a new security feature in IE 8. (And speaking of diseases, I have the flu ;)
Here’s the real kicker : Microsoft’s recommendation is to turn off a protective feature of the browser itself. IE 8 Now comes with a flag in the advanced security settings…
Once again, encouraging people to turn off protection mechanisms (UAC comes to mind) rather than gracefully handling a misbehaving addon. Nice job, MS!
Obviously, my recommendation is that you leave this setting alone and try turning off some addons insteads. See if you can do without all of them, that isn’t from Microsoft, first and selectively turn them on one by one until you isolate the dud plugin. I’m fairly sure the new Java VM has something to do with this so I’m trying that first.
In what seems to be a continuing trend here, a significant number of users seem to be unwilling or unable to upgrade their browsers.
Here’s what February of 2009 brought to eksith.com.
Makes me question the whole purpose of designing sites with the latest browser in mind anyway. All this time, I’ve been thinking about users who have a browser with full CSS/XHTML capability and those with none. It seems there’s a whole multitude of them within a gray area between.
I’m mainly concerned with the Firefox 2.x and IE 6 groups, of which IE 6 causes the greatest concern as they present the largest group using an obsolete browser. Even the old Firefox renders pages to an acceptable degree. IE 6 presents no incentive whatsoever to design pages with semantics in mind. I have to use some kind of hack or other proprietary markup in the HTML or CSS to get it to work as it should. At least with IE 7, they’ve fixed some of the more egregious rendering issues.
And a little update on the OS stats from last year…
People are abandoning Vista at a dramatic rate or there was simply a jump in XP visitors. Either way, Vista is at a minority this year. And, a bit of a plesant surprise, the number of Linux users have jumped dramatically as well. This would explain why there are a few K-Meleon and Mozilla users in the browser list.