Visualizing trends in browser usage

Jon Peltier takes the data I published last week on browser trends and gives it a visual makeover:

Where do you think a “time line” got its name? Use a line chart. At a glance you see all of the data, using a single pair of axis scales. It’s obvious that Ed looked at data at irregular intervals, first six months, then twelve. Probably not relevant to the final analysis, but good to show it. You can also see the increase in Chrome that corresponds to the decline in IE and Firefox.

Here’s one of the charts Jon came up with:

Web Browser Statistics - Line Chart

Nicely done, and it’s worth going to the source to read the whole thing (keep reading when you get to the comments, because there are some updated charts there too). And the whole topic is apropos, as I’ll be diving into the Excel section of Office 2010 Inside Out beginning next week.

3 thoughts on “Visualizing trends in browser usage

  1. Hi Ed –

    Thanks for the link, and for the inspiration your initial post provided. You say you’ll be looking at Excel 2010 next week, and I’ve done a lot of testing in 2010, but I want to point out that most of the graphics on my site are done in 2003. They still haven’t gotten the charting UI quite right, so everything takes 3x as long in the new interface. 2010 has improved a lot on 2007, but there’s room for even more improvement.

  2. IE went up slightly at Mar 09 before it started going down. Firefox is steadily going down. Chrome is increasing rapidly at both IE and Firefox’s expense. All others have no change. The race is still on.

  3. Glad to see you have you own site. I finally had my fill over at ZDnet. Too much garbage and not enough information. Your posts and Ryan Naraine’s were excellent and helpful in navigating new products and and updates. Thanks for all the Windows 7 information as it was really more than just useful.

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