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:
The most popular browsers in the USA are:
July 2006 1. Microsoft IE 79.78% 2. Mozilla Firefox 15.82% 3. Apple Safari 3.28% 4. Opera 0.81% 5. Netscape 0.20%
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.