OT survey results: browsers and email clients

A couple of weeks back I kicked off an off-topic survey about which internet browsers and email clients people use. Here are the results:


The "Other" results are:

  • 2 x "Chrome, FF4, IE789"
  • 2 x "Firefox 5"
  • 1 x "Avant"
  • 1 x "Dragon and IE9 for flash content"
  • 1 x "Home Firefox 5.0.1 and Safari (iPad) / Work IE 7"
  • 1 x "Iron"


The "Other" results are:

  • 12 x "Home gmail / work Outlook"
  • 4 x "Gmail for private / Outlook 2010 for work"
  • 2 x "Work – groupwise / home – gmail"
  • 2 X "Zimbra"
  • 1 x "GroupWise for work"
  • 1 x "Groupwise for work / yahoo mail for personal"
  • 1 x "Home Thunderbird / work Outlook 2010"


Personally I use IE8 on my laptop (don't use any other computers at home or work), plus Safari on my iPhone and iPad2. For email I use Thunderbird because I can't stand Outlook and wanted something like Outlook Express (in fact the only reason I agreed to upgrade to Windows 7 last year was because I found Thunderbird).

Interesting results. Outlook is definitely the most common email client and I'm surprised that Gmail is so far ahead of the other free email providers. The browser results are really split three ways (as the total number of IE users is 35%) between IE, Chrome, and Firefox – I wonder how many of the non-IE users are because Chrome/Firefox is better, or they just don't want to use IE on principal.

Hopefully these results will give some of you insight into where to focus blog/app compatibility.

6 thoughts on “OT survey results: browsers and email clients

  1. Interesting that Chrome has as much as FF. Personally I used Chrome and FF because I have two Google accounts open most of the time. I find IE to be a little cumbersome, and also work slightly differently for me. Especially for cut/paste, which I do a lot of. IE doesn’t seem as smooth to me.

  2. Why are Hotmail & Windows Live Mail grouped together? They’re not the same thing. Windows Live Mail is a desktop email client, the successor to Outlook Express, and can be used as a GMail/Yahoo Mail/pop3 client as well as a Hotmail.

  3. Just because they are – I never said they were the same thing, just like Entourage/Outlook for Mac – I expected there to be fewer people, and because I only have ten options per survey. But why do you care that they’re grouped together?

  4. Any particular reason why still IE8? I ended up being one of the Chrome votes above, mostly because it was noticeably faster than IE, but IE10 has caught up to the point where I can’t really tell the difference anymore.

  5. Unfortunately, there is lack of Email Standards! Email clients are causing lot of trouble for those who develop Newsletters/eBlasters. Every mail client/program has its own implementation and they render HTML in different ways. I found this interesting link which rates the Standard Mail Clients.


    See the left column on this site for State of Email Client.

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