Each of the major browsers has a distinct personality; fast, more secure, plenty of add-ons, or default. There is one browser that does not fall into the ‘major browser‘ category that has been around for years yet is seldom used. Why?
Small Numbers Are Big
Among Windows PC users worldwide, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, in its many versions, is the most used web browser, followed closely by Google’s Chrome.
Among Mac users, the most used browser is Apple’s Safari, followed far behind by Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox.
Among mobile device users Google’s Chrome is the most used browser, followed closely by Apple’s Safari on iOS, and all other browser have negligible usage.
The major and most used web browsers are Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.
My question is simple. Why doesn’t anyone use Opera?
My company owns a number of website properties and visitor tracking logs indicate that Opera barely scrapes the 1-percent barrier. Friends in the web industry tell me much the same thing. Yet, there’s an Opera browser available for almost every platform, desktop, notebook, smartphone, tablet.
Opera itself claims a few hundred million users.
The problem I see has more to do with mindshare and marketshare, both of which appear to be a paradox when compared to actual numbers of users. Of the just over 7-billion people on planet earth, roughly 3-billion use the internet, and, ostensibly, a web browser.
Even if only 100-million people use Opera regularly as their browser of choice, that represents a usage marketshare of a few percent, the numbers are still large. Amazon and Microsoft would kill to have 100-million users of their respective mobile device browsers.
My assumption that hardly anyone uses Opera is both correct and false as it depends upon which numbers are being used to formulate the conclusion. In general, Mac users and iOS device users don’t both much with Opera, which has a larger following of sorts on Windows PCs, Android-based smartphones, and other devices.
I use Opera from time to time; Mac, iPhone, iPad, and on Windows PCs, but I always switch back to Safari and Chrome, with occasional use of Firefox. Why? It’s the curse of the golden age of browsers. We can’t use them all. Opera is the odd duck out.