Posts tagged ‘market share’

September 15, 2011

Google Apps discontinues support for old web browsers

As of August 1, 2011, Google Apps will support modern browsers ONLY

Users of Firefox 3.5, IE7 and Safari 3 (and their predecessors) take note! Gmail, Google Calendar, Talk, Docs and Sites will not work correctly on these older versions. Eventually they will stop working at all if you do not upgrade your browser to a more up to date version.

What is a modern browser according to Google Apps?

For Google Apps, “modern browser” has two parts. “Modern” refers to current and prior major releases. Support will be maintained on a rolling basis going forward.

Opera browser

The second part is “browser”, specifically, one of the following:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Safari

Opera is conspicuously absent, which may irk some European users.

Web browser market share

The following is a chart of desktop browser usage rates. Data was provided by StatCounter.

Desktop browser usage, Oct 2010 - Sep 2011

Safari is twice as popular as Opera, though a 4.26% market share is small compared to the top three. Safari is part of the larger Apple product line. Maybe that is the justification for Google’s decision to include Safari but not Opera.

Conjecture

The modern browser support announcement was specifically for Google Apps, though it may include all Google accounts at some point. I am uncertain. Perhaps Opera is not as often used by Google Apps and enterprise customers as Safari?

November 28, 2010

eReader Growth

Via Google Retail Blog, October 2010

Original version

Google eReader Growth

Original version of e-Reader market growth and milestones

My annotated version

Growth chart for eReader-type eBook

Annotated eReader growth chart

The x-axis is time, in monthly increments. The y-axis was not identified. The two footers denoted by labels ONE and TWO in red should be clearly visible if the image is clicked on and viewed full-size.

This is well after the fact, so to speak.The chart legend date is October 2010, the Google Retail Blogger blog post date was October 2010, the post date here is March 2012. Remember, this is for entertainment and curiosity purposes only… Sssssh!

Sssssh! means “hush” or “on the down low” or “sub rosa”. I have not provided a trackback to the Google Retail blog post for obvious reasons.

November 3, 2010

Rise of Chrome 2

UPDATE: Note that as of today 3 February 2011, Google has released version 9.0.

This chart covers Chrome Chrome browser through version 5,0.

I’d love to see this market share chart updated, once data is available for the more recent versions of Chrome browser (for web).

Google Chrome Browser growth

Google Chrome Browser increases market share with each successive release

via defunktion junktion.

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