When launching an eCommerce website, it is important to make sure that it works in all browsers. With so many different browsers now available, if a compny doesnt have a website that is fully functional across all browsers, it could be missing out on a huge chunk of potential customers.
The latest figures on internet browsers were released this week, which showed that Internet Explorer has maintained its first place position in the latest browser standings, with regular runners-up Mozilla Firefox continuing to make in-roads on the top spot.
However, the browser-use report from NetMarketShare shows that two relative newcomers – Firefox and Google Chrome – have again dropped percentage points in the standings to Internet Explorer and Safari, Apple’s offering to the web.
This is the second consecutive month that Microsoft has tightened its grip in the war of browsers, with its offering rising by one percent since May last year. On the other hand, Firefox has dropped nearly an entire percent in July alone.
A spokesman for NetMarketShare said: “This is the second month in a row of global gains for Internet Explorer and the third straight month of gains for Internet Explorer 8 in the United States.
Safari and Opera, who were in fifth place, saw their own respective percentages grow too.
The figures currently look good for Microsoft, but long term it they are not so impressive. It has endured a five point drop since September 2009, which could have something to do with the introduction of Chrome, whose own future looks to be a lot rosier.
Google Chrome was introduced in September 2008 and it shot to third position in just over a year of it being released to the public.
“You would be surprised at just how many websites fail to render correctly when tested across different browsers” said Tim Johnson, Visualsoft Director. He continued: “Website redesign accounts for around 70% of the enquiries we receive; and more often than not cross browser in-compatibility is one of the first issues we address.