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June's Google Zeitgeist displays three (3) very interesting spikes in browser usage:
Now regarding NN4.x, normally there is a dip in NN4 usage as public schools (at least in the USA) recesss for summer vacation, but, the significant drop in NN4 does not correlate to the preceding May to June stats (2001/05 - 2001/06), where there was no significant decrease in NN4 traffic.
May 2002 to June 2002 shows the sharpest decline for for the entire NN4 graph. In fact, the NN4 graph line comes very near the graph line for IE4! In any event, it is a VERY marked decline.
Now about "Other" category(decline) and "IE5.0" (upward spike) several things are immediately apparent: first, the "Other" category displays a very sporadic graph line, some months up, and aothers down.
The IE5.0 graph line on the other hand displays a steady and significant decline - until May 2002/June2002 where there is a very notable increase. What is interesting in this case is that the increase displayed for IE5.0 very closely matches the decrease for the "Other" category.
Could this possibly point to an increase in Opera usage? Remember, Opera for Windows, by default, is set to ID as IE5.0 - we know Opera is quickly gaining ground in many new markets; are we now seeing proof of the trend? It would would seem an easy and logical explanation for the IE5.0 increase; or is Google using a new method for browser sniffing that is responsible for the spikes?
Needless to say, the stats raise some interesting questions.
Web Browsers Used To Access Google
March 2001 - June 2002 [google.com...]
[edited by: papabaer at 11:29 pm (utc) on July 21, 2002]