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I'm determining which browsers a new site should support. I'm looking for a respected and accurate (as possible) report on the browser versions that are currently in use. This report should, at minimum cover the % of people who use what browsers, and versions of that browser. Is there a widely accepted source for this kind of report? If so, are they regularly released and available for free? Bonus points for other metrics such as breaking down by OS, Flash versions, JS versions, etc.

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I use Browser Stats for browser stats


Rich Internet Application Stats for rich internet application stats

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Keep in mind that w3schools stats are probably biased because of a high ratio of visitors being developers. – Anto Feb 9 '11 at 20:23
@Anto: very true, there is a disclaimer about that on the same page – user2567 Feb 9 '11 at 20:27
+1 for the RIA stats, that's nice. I really want something like what I know quantcast and google analytics has the data for, but don't readily make available. Sort of a blend of all sites/regions everywhere. Maybe that's not feasible, or helpful since it could include demographics outside my target audience. – Ryan Hayes Feb 9 '11 at 20:59

Here is the trouble. The sites that gather this information are doing so only based on the traffic to their sites. There really isn't a good way to do this on the Internet as a whole. Google Analytics comes closer because it monitors traffic for a fairly broad number of sites, but there is no guarantee that your traffic will mimic the norm of the Internet in general or the collection of sites they gather data from.

Your best bet is to find a site that will have a similar community of users and see if they will provide some browser status. Ultimately the absolute best resource will be metrics you collect from your own site.

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