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Internet 2012 in numbers

There is so much happening on the Internet during a year that it’s impossible to capture it all in a blog post, but we’re going to give it a shot anyway. How many emails were sent during 2012? How many domains are there? What’s the most popular web browser? How many Internet users are there? These are some of the questions we’ll answer for you.

To bring you these answers, we’ve gone to the ends of the web – wherever that is – and back again, and compiled a list of truly fascinating facts about the year that was. Some of the numbers are snapshots taken during the year, others cover the entire period. Either way, they all contribute to giving us a better understanding of Internet in 2012. Enjoy!

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FirefoxYesterday Mozilla released version 14 of the Firefox web browser. With a range of new functionality and fixes, including HTTPS support for Google searches and full screen support for Mac OS X Lion, there’s a lot to like about the latest Firefox version.

It’s no secret that Firefox has fallen behind Google Chrome in the usage statistics. We took a close look at the browser wars recently, and according to the latest figures for July, Chrome gets 33.8% worldwide, Internet Explorer 31.83%, and Firefox 23.9%.

But that’s worldwide. Could it be that Firefox is still in a leading position in parts of the world?

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IE logoWe’re going to show you a chart that confirms what some of you already suspected, and Microsoft probably isn’t too happy about. A lot of people only use Internet Explorer because they have to at the office, but at home they use a different web browser.

On workdays around 35.1% of all web browsing is done with IE. On weekends that number consistently drops to around 32.8%.

So if IE usage dips every weekend, which browsers do people use instead? For the most part, Google’s Chrome. On weekends, IE and Chrome usage is pretty much neck and neck these days. You could say that for home use, they are now on equal terms.

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Current status of the “Browser Wars”

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In this report we will examine the current status of what is often referred to as the “Browser Wars.” How popular are the various web browsers around the world right now? As you’ll see, there are significant regional differences in web browser usage.

We’ve done this on two levels. First, a quick overview, and below that we’ve gone into more detail about the current web browser usage in each world region, as well as the overall usage in the world. Plenty of charts, we promise!

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Making sure that as many people as possible are running the most recent version of their web browser of choice is a Good Thing ™ for so many reasons. Security is one. Performance is another. Compliance to web standards is another (a biggie).

We here at Pingdom want to make sure that as many people as possible run the latest web browser. This means happier web designers and developers, which in turn benefits end users. Full circle.

With that in mind, we want to make sure that we reward you if you run the latest version of your browser. Think of it as our little contribution to the promotion of web standards.

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Google Chrome now the top web browser in Asia

Google Chrome logoGoogle’s Chrome web browser has become a worldwide success, but it’s more popular in some parts of the world than in others. It became the top browser in South America back in October 2011, and as of March this year it’s also become the top browser in Asia.

Up until March this year, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was the most widely used browser in Asia, but now it’s finally lost its crown after a reign that has lasted at least a decade. It took Chrome 3.5 years to trump IE in Asia (Chrome launched in September 2008). It now has 36.41% of the browser market in Asia, versus IE’s 34.57%.

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Happy birthday IE 8 – you are remarkably tough to kill

It was three years ago today (March 19, 2009) that Microsoft unleashed Internet Explorer (IE) 8. According to Microsoft, the priorities for IE 8 were security, compatibility, ease of use, web development improvements, as well as adhering to CSS specifications and other web standards.

Three years on, IE 8 is still the second most used web browser version in the world.

Is that impressive or just simply sad? You tell us!

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Internet 2011 in numbers

So what happened with the Internet in 2011? How many email accounts were there in the world in 2011? How many websites? How much did the most expensive domain name cost? How many photos were hosted on Facebook? How many videos were viewed to YouTube?

We’ve got answers to these questions and many more. A veritable smorgasbord of numbers, statistics and data lies in front of you. Using a variety of sources we’ve compiled what we think are some of the more interesting numbers that describe the Internet in 2011.

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Since it was Father’s Day here in Sweden yesterday – yes we know it varies around the world – we thought we’d pay homage to some of the people behind the Internet as we know it today.

Some of the obvious choices would include Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn for TCP/IP, Vannevar Bush for much of the conceptual thinking behind the Internet, Ted Nelson for coining the word hypertext, Tim Berners-Lee for the World Wide Web, Marc Andreeseen for co-authoring Mosaic, and many others.

But why go for the obvious? We thought it would be fun to give some credit to a few lesser-known contributors to some technology or product that is a part of Internet history. These are guys who have made important contributions that affect us all but that may not have received the same accolades as others. So even though this didn’t exactly turn out to be a Father’s Day post, let’s take a look.

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How Microsoft is handicapping its own web browser

Internet ExplorerWe are in the middle of a new browser war, with Microsoft, Mozilla and Google all fighting for Web and HTML 5 supremacy. Ok, that was a bit dramatic, but there is some seriously intense competition going on right now.

With that in mind, you’d expect all three companies to do their utmost to get their latest and greatest web browsers on as many computers as possible. Google is doing that with Chrome. Mozilla is doing that with Firefox.

Microsoft is NOT doing that with Internet Explorer. Big emphasis on “not.”

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