Cross Browser Testing and Browser Usage Stats
In my group, I’m one of the few sticklers for testing our web applications in browsers other than Internet Explorer. I can understand that - it’s there and it’s buried so deep in Windows that a Microsoft patch to change even a button color often requires a reboot. Developers are subject to inertia like everybody else.
But there is rarely a time I test an application written in Visual Studio/ASP.NET and don’t find something that, rendered in Firefox, looks like it came out of the southern end of a north-bound kangaroo.
Testing web sites on multiple browsers is no longer something you need to do to humor the recalcitrant Linux geek out there. Take a look at the latest browser usage stats from Onestat:
These stats are on par with others I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a number of polls that show IE usage even lower. Here in the USA, home of Microsoft, IE usage is below 80%. That means out of every five people that visit your web site, at least one of them is not using Internet Explorer. I don’t see IE 7 changing that, as it simply improves IE to be mostly on par with the last versions of Firefox, Safari, and Opera*.
To can view the original Onestat article and browser statistics here.
*I’m dismissing the IE 7 security claims out of hand - I’m old enough to remember Microsoft describing IE 6 before its launch as being a virtual Fort Knox, and there have already been security patches released for IE 7 - and it’s still in Beta.