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Monitor resolution and browser statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday July 31, 2010 )

It’s been a full year since I took much note of what screen resolution folks are running their monitors at. Here’s the latest, along with browser statistics.

The top ten monitor resolutions for June 2010, along with May 2009 results:

1024 x 768 – 24.27% (down from 33.44%)
1280 x 800 – 17.98% (down from 20.46%)
1280 x 1024 – 10.83% (down from 12.12%)
1440 x 900 – 8.15% (down from 8.82%)
1366 x 768 – 6.29% (up from 1.04% )
1680 x 1050 – 5.50% (down from 5.76%)
800 x 600 – 2.44% (down from 4.05%)
1920 x 1080 – 2.22% (not in top 10 last year)
1920 x 1200 – 2.17% (not in top 10 last year)
1152 x 864 – 2.13% (down 2.71%)

OK, so that’s a lot of resolutions that have lost share, so where are all the gains being made? It looks increasing numbers of users are running all sorts of weird and wonderful resolutions other than those above and while most are at the 10xx X x or higher resolution, there are quite a few in MarketShare’s list that are very low resolution – so handsets are making their presence known.

Last year I commented that 800 x 600 was almost dead and buried and I think this year shows it’s not only that, the wake has been held too. There’s still enough folks using 1024 x768 to make it worthwhile building sites with this as the lowest resolution in mind.

As for browser market share for June 2010 along with May 2009 statistics:

Internet Explorer – 60.32% (down from 65.50%)
Firefox – 23.81% – (up from 22.51%)
Google Chrome – 7.24% – (up from 1.80%)
Safari – 4.85% – (down from 8.43%)
Opera – 2.27% (up from 0.72%)
Opera Mini – 0.66% (up from 0.08%)
Netscape – 0.56% (down from 0.74%)
Flock – 0.06% (not in top 10 last year)
Konqueror – 0.05% (not in top 10 last year)
ACCESS NetFront – 0.04% (up from 0.03% )

Interesting to see Firefox not gaining a lot of ground over the last 12 months, but even more interesting is Google Chrome grabbing a good chunk of market share. Given Google Chrome’s surge in popularity, it may not be long until it hits the 10% mark; so it’s probably worthwhile checking your pages look ok in Chrome as well as IE and Firefox.

The MarketShare data above is compiled from approximately 160 million visitors per month.



 

 
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