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Edited by Sam Marshall, Friday, 9 July 2010, 18:18

I just ran browser stats on the last week of web logs (kind of wanted to do trends, but haven't found any data earlier than that yet).

This might be of interest to Moodle people in general (as well as us) given that Moodle 2 ditches support for Internet Explorer 6.

Anyhow, here are the details for OU course web sites, considering only external use i.e. all our students and tutors. (For campus-based staff there is a specific computer policy which obviously biases the results.) These are calculated using a program I wrote, based on the number of requests to 'interesting' pages (excluding images, javascript, etc). Percentages exclude things like search engines, feed readers, anything else identified that isn't a browser, plus user agents my system doesn't recognise (approx 2% of total). For all browsers except IE, I picked a version that covers the vast majority of users and only included that version and above; older versions are in 'other'.

  • IE8: 39%
  • Firefox 3+: 22%
  • IE7: 19%
  • IE6 and below: 7%
  • Chrome 5+: 6%
  • Safari 4+: 5%
  • Mobile: 2%
  • Other: 1%

(Adds up to 101% due to rounding, sorry.)

Anyway, the good news is that on our system, IE6 is down below 7%. A year ago, it was double that. Eventually, that monster's really going to die!

Good luck anyone waiting for IE9 to become current so we can all use HTML5, though...

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