Google Analytics To Cease IE8 Compatibility By End Of 2013

Google Analytics Google Analytics announced today that it will not be compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 by the end of this year. According to the announcement the company is, "Deprecating official compatibility of Google Analytics with Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) at the end of 2013." Google says it wants to focus its energy on new product features, and help drive adoption of web technologies that are, "in the design of Google Analytics product." While users will still be able to measure site traffic from IE8 browsers, Google Analytics will only support the latest versions of Chrome, F [...]


Safari Still Leading With 61% Of The Mobile Browser Market

apple-safari-featured Net Applications, a site that monitors web traffic, announced today that Apple's iOS browser Safari won 61.79 percent of all mobile browser web traffic last month, a solid six-point percentage jump from February when it led with 55.41 percent of the market. At 61.79 percent, Safari ranks high above its competitors, owning 40 percent more than Android's default browser which holds the No. 2 spot in mobile browser marketshare. Android captured 21.86 percent last month, dropping from 22.82 percent in February. Safari and Android are the only browsers with marketshare in the double digits. O [...]


Top Retail Websites Not Getting Faster: Average Web Page Load Time Is 7.25 Seconds [Report]

turtle-slow-speed-featured According to a recent report published by Radware, load times for the top U.S. retail websites are 22 percent slower than in December 2011, continuing to go well beyond the ideal three-second load time. For their Spring 2013 "State of the Union" report, Radware evaluated load times for the top 2,000 U.S. retail websites as ranked by Alexa.com. The sites were tested using three different browsers: IE 9, Firefox 17 and Chrome 23, all on a DSL connection. The study found that the median load time for first-time visitors to a retail website's home page was 7.25 seconds, a 22 percent increase [...]


Report: Mobile Safari Users Generate More Clicks, Longest Queries

Screen Shot 2012-11-06 at 2.18.20 PM Ad network Chitika provided us with some interesting data comparing click through rates (CTRs) and query lengths on the various desktop and mobile browsers based on millions of impressions on its network. It found that Opera (PC) browser users clicked-through more often than other browser users. Opera users are generally regarded as less mainstream and more tech-savvy than other browser users (e.g., Explorer) so it's curious that Opera's CTR would be highest. Next in line after Opera but ahead of all other browsers, PC or mobile, is mobile Safari with a 1.54 percent CTR. Chitika told me [...]


Retail Web Sites Are Getting Slower; IE 10 Beats Firefox & Chrome, Study Says

turtle-slow-speed-featured The top retail websites are slower to load than they were last year, and the problem is at its worst on Google's Chrome browser -- the slowest of three browsers measured in Strangeloop Networks' Fall 2012 State of the Union study on page speed and web performance. Strangeloop measured the performance of the top 2,000 retail websites (as ranked by Alexa) during July and August, and found that the median page load was nine percent slower than its last study, which was done in November 2011. That's measuring first-time page views, which slowed from 5.94 seconds last year to 6.5 seconds this ye [...]


Who’s Winning The Browser Wars? It Depends On Whom You Ask

browser-logos A couple of recent articles have looked at the current state of browser usage, but they don't agree on which browser is No. 1 right now. On Wednesday, Shareaholic -- the social media button provider -- shared a chart showing browser usage in April across more than 200,000 publisher sites that use its buttons. According to their data, Chrome has a five percent lead over Internet Explorer, with Firefox a very close third. Shareaholic puts Safari at about 13 percent overall market share -- a number that includes iOS traffic. Android browser usage is also on the rise as you can see abov [...]


Google: “Impractical” To Comply With IE’s P3P Privacy Controls; Microsoft, Facebook & Others Also Fail

microsoft-google-logos Google's been taking fire for Microsoft accusing it of overriding Internet Explorer privacy controls. But Google's now out with a response: the controls are out-dated, "impractical" to follow and ignored by other companies besides Google, including Facebook, some of Microsoft's own sites and over 10,000 others. I'm on vacation this week, so I won't be doing a deep dive into all of this, though someone else from Marketing Land will in the near future. For now, I'll just share a few short comments along with the full statement that Google sent us about the issue. Not The Same As The Safari B [...]


Microsoft: Google Is Bypassing Internet Explorer Privacy Settings, Too

microsoft-google-logos More trouble for Google today on the privacy front: Just days after revelations that Google is ignoring privacy settings on Apple's Safari web browser, Microsoft says Google is doing the same thing with Internet Explorer. Microsoft shares its findings in a blog post this morning: When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too? We’ve discovered the answer is yes: Google is employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protecti [...]


Is Chrome Slower Than IE9 & Firefox? A New Study Says It Is

google-chrome-logo This may come as a surprise to a lot of Chrome users: A new study about page speed and website performance says that Google's Chrome web browser performed slower than both IE9 and Firefox in a recent analysis of retail website home pages. The findings come from Strangeloop Networks' annual e-commerce page speed and website performance report, just released today. The company tested the home pages of the top 2,000 Alexa-ranked retail websites and found that both IE9 and Firefox 7 were about five percent faster than Chrome. In its report, Strangeloop doesn't claim that its study "d [...]


Google’s Chrome Passes Firefox to Become Top IE Rival

Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is still the most popular in the world, but a new number two has emerged: Google Chrome. According to StatCounter, Chrome now commands a fraction of a percentage point more share than Firefox on a global basis. In the US however, Firefox is still ahead of Chrome: 20 percent to 17.3 percent. Recently IE has gained share and now stands at 50.7 percent of the market. Finally, in terms of mobile browsers, Apple has the greatest share (combined iPhone and iPod Touch), followed by Opera and Android. [...]


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