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Is anyone able to get multiple copies of IE and/or Firefox installed on their system?
Going a little off topic I think, but hey.... I've not tried myself, but I understand you can simply install Firefox in different directories. IE, however, is difficult (although not impossible) as it likes to "take over".
Peter-Paul Koch has written a page that goes into detail about installing different versions of IE...
[added]Or use something like VMWare to create virtual machines, each with their own version of IE[/added]
Does anyone have statistics on what users are typically browsing with these days, and in what proportions?
I don't bother with Opera yet, as in a work environment, it's browser share isn't worth spending time (and therefore money) to support.
Unfortunately, ie5.5 is still persistent enough to have to bother with.
Realistically, the stats I'm seeing, from 10000 visits on one site :-
ie6.0 - 88.65%
Firefox 1.5 - 4.17%
Firefox 1.0 - 1.32%
ie5.0 - 1.20%
Safari 41 - 1.18%
Safari 31 - 1.03%
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 - 0.96%
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 - 0.71%
Opera 8.x - 0.15%
Opera 9.x - 0.12%
Mozilla 1.7 - 0.12%
Netscape 6.0 - 0.10%
Mozilla - 0.07%
Safari 85 - 0.07%
Safari 12 - 0.02%
Firefox 0.1 - 0.02%
Netscape 7.0 - 0.02%
Netscape 4.6 - 0.02%
Safari 10 - 0.02%
Opera 7.x - 0.02%
Fwiw today we had the stats back from a big UK council site, and after analysis we found that we don't support ~1.1% of the clients that hit their site. They comprised (from memory)
Netscape 4: 0.2%
Opera 8&9: 0.1%;
Clients we do support that seem to be no longer used were Netscape 7.0 and 7.1.
As for Opera, they just haven't caught the public consciousness. Even Firefox is only averaging around 6-7% on this site.
They should go Open Source and change the name ;)
Every so often, I install it, use it for 10 minutes and decide it's not for me. I can't really say why, but I find it ugly. heh. I think it's just the name, as I hate Opera music!
Firefox use continues to spread, due to marketing and word of mouth - I'm suprised it's reached 6% - if the momentum is kept, they could gain 10% of the market.
I admit, as a developer, I'm dreading ie7 and the invevitable quirks that will be introduced, but the simple fact is, in a few years from now, it will be the dominant browser.