Browser Statistics for UM

IE 7.0 138,920 58.55%
FireFox 3 55,149 23.24%
IE 6.0 21,070 8.88%
IE 8.0 19,965 8.41%
FireFox 2 2,141 0.90%

I’m not entirely sure why i like browser statistics so much but i do, so you’re going to hear about them. In April i posted about UM’s Browser Stats, and this is an update with some fancy graphs from OpenOffice.org Calc.
Browser Usage Progression

March April May June
IE 7.0 66.87% 64.06% 60.21% 58.56%
FireFox 3 22.03% 23.04% 26.71% 23.25%
IE 6.0 8.59% 7.76% 7.67% 8.88%
IE 8.0 0.96% 3.80% 3.87% 8.42%
FireFox 2 1.54% 1.34% 1.55% 0.90%

I see the trend away from IE7 (blue line) and towards IE8 (green line), but why… WHY is IE6 (yellow line) usage going up? WHY? the rise very suttle and was actually declining between March and June.  One thing to take into consideration is, of course, the user base.  Our semester ended in the middle of may, and all of the students living in the dorms with thier new back to school laptops left campus, but the stuborn faculty, who are unwilling to move away from Windows 200 & IE6 stuck around.  The number of hits our site gets drops dramatically when school is out (March: 398,585 to June: 237,245).