2012 in review – web browsers and OSs

Welcome to the latest in an occasional series on web browser traffic to nzpost.co.nz. The site gets a fair bit of usage, around 2 million visitsors in the last 30 days, and so provides a reasonably good sample of the browsers New Zealanders are using.

You need to know:

  • these figures are rounded from Google Analytics for the site nzpost.co.nz
  • all volumes in charts are percentages
  • let us know what else we can share



  • 12 months ago, Firefox was the second most used browser, now it is 4th, having been overtaken by Chrome and then this month Safari.
  • Internet Explorer usage has also experienced a major decrease. In December 2011 it accounted for about 60% of the overall share. In November 2012 it sits just above 50%. The downward trend has been steady since May.

Versions of Internet Explorer


  • Nothing surprising here, IE9 is making gains at the expense of the other 3 IE versions.
  • IE6 now sits at just 1.7% of IE usage, well below 1% overall.

Operating Systems


  • Windows has seen a small decrease and has dropped below 80%.
  • OSX remained stable throughout the year at about 10%.
  • iOS continues to rise and is close to 8% of total visits.
  • Android’s share is still small at just over 2% (however these are visits to nzpost.co.nz, not the mobile site which is covered below).

Versions of Windows

This is included as there is one important trend, and that is the decline of Windows XP.


  • Windows XP started the year at 46% and by November had dropped to 33%.
  • Windows 7 was the opposite – starting out at 37% and finishing the year at 56%.
  • Not much sign of Windows 8 yet, although we are starting to see it appear in the figures for December.

Mobile OS by visit to nzpost.co.nz


  • No surprises here!
  • Interestingly, about 30% of all visits to YouShop are on a mobile device. We believe that this is due to YouShop’s appeal to consumers rather than businesses, opposed to the rest of the site which is used predominantly by business customers.

Mobile OS by visit to the mobile site m.nzpost.co.nz


Again – no surprises here. While on the subject of mobile, we released a new version of the iPhone app. And yes, there is an Android app on the way 🙂 It should be ready in the first couple of months of 2013.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!

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