According to Netmarketshare, they are the standard in tracking technology usage market share. They have been collecting and analysing data since 1999 and, while not without controversy, are highly regarded in their approach to ranking the most popular operating systems and web browsers.
What I'm about to share shouldn't be taken as scientific evidence that one operating system or browser is better than other. As you know, these numbers fluctuate and are only as accurate as the day I pulled the data from Netmarketshare and Google Analytics. So with those caveats let's take a look at few comparisons.
I jokingly refer to Internet Explorer as the Chrome downloader and that actually appears to be the case when it comes to our customers at Puget Systems. One might expect that mainstream PC users that purchase a computer running Windows wouldn't bother to install a third party browser which may help explain the high IE numbers at Netmarketshare. I'm not surprised that more of our vistors prefer Firefox, but not by much, and it's been declining over the past few years. Chrome seems to be new home for most of these former Firefox users.
Windows 7 usage is surprisingly similar. Windows 8 (this includes Windows 8.1 as well) is much higher at Puget Systems while XP usage is one third. Linux and Mac usage are much higher at Puget Systems too. One thing is for certain: Puget Systems’ customers use the latest operating systems. Well,, except that tiny slice of visitors running Vista. Now those are some brave souls!
Our visitors like high resolutions. That much is clear. Only 14% of Netmarketshare visitors run at 1920×1080 compared to 42% at Puget Systems. The second most popular resolution, 768×1025, doesn’t crack the top 5 at Puget Systems. I would also guess that many of our visitors run more than one monitor although I don't have the data to back up my assumption.
Let me know in the comments if there's other data you'd be interested in and I'll see what I can gather for a future post.