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What Operating Systems Are Used to Access Our Site

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Based on our website stats from the first half of 2008, the following operating systems where our major visitors:

  • Windows XP, used by 78.8% of visitors
  • Windows Vista, used by 9.2% of visitors
  • Macintosh OS X, used by 2.8% of visitors
  • Linux operating systems were used by 1% of visitors

Some interesting operating systems:

  • Windows CE had 210 hits
  • Windows 2003, a server OS, 10776 hits. Could these be from our internal servers?
  • Windows 3.x has six hits
  • OS/2 had eight hits
  • Sun Solaris has six hits
  • BeOS has 1 hit

From these stats we can see that Windows is the main platform used by our visitors. I'm not surprised that Linux is so low, since it's not commonly used by the general population. I am a little surprised that Macs don't make more of an appearance, but perhaps that's because Macs are used by people who are a bit more affluent than our typical client? That’s pure speculation on my part of course.


What Browsers Are Used to Access Our Site

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Looking through our statistics for the first six months of 2008, the major browsers used to while visiting our site were:

  • IE 6.0, used by 32.6% of visitors
  • IE 7.0, used by 49.1% of visitors
  • Firefox 2.0 and 3.0, used by 11% of visitors

Other browsers did not show up much:

  • IE 5.5 and earlier was used by 0.5% of visitors
  • Firefox 1.x was used by around 2% of visitors
  • Netscape was used by 0.1% of visitors (including one visit from Netscape 0.6!?)
  • Safari was used by 1.8% of visitors
  • Mozilla was used by 1% of visitors
  • Opera was used by less than 0.1% of visitors

Some interesting user agents that showed up now and then include: Galeon (GNOME web browser)

  • Firebird (old Firefox)
  • WebTV Browser (63 hits!)
  • Konqueror
  • Camino (a Mac OS X-native browser)
  • Lynx
  • MS Pocket IE
  • Nokia PDA Browser
  • BlackBerry
  • WGet
  • cURL
  • Python and Java libraries

Some thoughts based on these stats:

  • I'm surprised how quickly IE 7.0 has made it out there to almost 50% of our visitors.
  • IE 6.0 is still around and we have account for that in our development.
  • IE 5.5 is not around much any more, making it one less major browser to worry about.
  • Opera is barely used by our visitors, something that does not surprise me in the end.
  • Firefox is not used as much as I would have thought, but it's still our number 2 browser.
  • Lots of unusual browsers access the site, but not very often.

From this it looks like we need to focus our design efforts on IE 6.0+ and Firefox 2.0+. If we can create an accessible site that looks good in both, we're probably covered for the other browsers.


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