Your Favorite Browsers

by Susan Linton - Sep. 01, 2011Comments (9)

firefoxA few months ago Firefox and Chrom(ium) were in the news a lot. Firefox was speeding up their release cycle and improving memory use and performance. The usual response was "Chrome this" and "Chrome that." One could have got the impression Chrome was being used more than Firefox. So, I did what I do - I ran a poll.

I asked users to my personal site in a poll running over the summer what was their favorite Web browser. To make things more interesting I also present the results from last year. Let's look at the top four:


Browser Summer 2011 Spring 2010
Firefox 56% 54%
Chrom(ium) 22% 13%
Konqueror 3% 3%
Opera 12% 14%


The result show that Firefox remains the most widely used Web browser. Indeed, Chrome does come in second and its use has increased over the year by 9% while Firefox increased only 2%. With Konqueror and Opera remaining pretty much stagnant as well, one might have to assume that other less popular browsers are declining in use, such as the now defunct Flock, Epiphany, Dillo, and possibly even Links/Lynx.

So, as interesting as the results may be, one overwhelming fact shows through: Firefox remains the most popularly used Web browser - at least among visitors to my little site.

Notes, total respondents in 2011 were 2813 across 11 choices. In 2010, 2133 answered with eight choices. Other was a choice in both.

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My favorite browser is avant browser. Stable, useful, fast speed, no crash.

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Yes, Firefox should be No.1. Fast, useful, and a lot resourceful add-ons

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I cant believe Konqueror can beat IE (Internet Explorer). It was sad because i am an IE fan.

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Looks like IE is beaten by every browser. :) IE sucks.

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> I cant believe Konqueror can beat IE (Internet Explorer). It was sad because i am an IE fan.

I didn't see the poll, but IE is not an option for Linux users (there's Wine and IETab, but frankly...). Maybe, if most respondents use Linux, IE was bound to lose from the start.

Also, please notice favorite

I can see why someone would be IE's fan (probably low memory use with many tabs) but Firefox add-ons are like phone apps, so as to say, and make life much more interesting.

Besides Firefox and IE have opposing "internal ideas" (their "agendas") and one should not leave this out of consideration...

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I used "lower" and "greater" brackets on the message above and my text was truncated. Ms. Susan or this webpage editor, please feel both free to make any editions you see fit.

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Chrome is pretty good. But Firefox is still tops in my book. And now with a faster release cycle it's even better. There's this though, so many newer browsers are available, such as Avanti , Arora, Midori, just to mention a few of the 'newer' ones. And many of these are Mozilla based. It is good to see

a wider choice of browsers. The more the merrier!

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Favorite browsers: dillo and galeon

for scripting elinks, lynx etc.

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Nice results. Chrome is growing, Firefox falling. But where is IE? It is still popular, especially among corporate sector and some users simply don't have a choice...

By the way, if you're interested in making Firefox to look like Chrome, don't miss this out:

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