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Posted August 23, 2016

New Report Shows E-Commerce Tests on Apple More Than Other Industries

Analysis of Sauce Labs User Data Reveals E-Commerce Conducts Majority of Software Tests Against Mac and Safari; Includes Findings on Eleven Major Industries


Analysis of Sauce Labs User Data Reveals E-Commerce Conducts Majority of Software Tests Against Mac and Safari; Includes Findings on Eleven Major Industries

SAN FRANCISCO – Aug. 23, 2016 – Sauce Labs, Inc., provider of the world’s largest cloud-based platform for automated testing of web and mobile applications, today released a new report on the most tested OSes and browsers by industry. Key findings include e-commerce most heavily testing against the Apple platform in all areas.

Based off anonymous data from tests run on Sauce Labs over a 90-day period, the report compares trends in eleven industries. E-commerce is the only industry to test heavily against Macs (46 percent), compared to Windows (32 percent) and Linux (22 percent) - which dominate in all other industries.

Further, e-commerce is unique by testing predominantly against Safari (45 percent), compared with Firefox (15 percent) and Chrome (35 percent). Healthcare and consulting, for instance, test overwhelmingly against Chrome (80 percent). The findings suggest Apple is a significant factor for e-commerce, most likely due to consumer use of Macs and iOS devices. They also infer the preference of offloading the maintenance of an iOS testing grid (which is notoriously more complex and expensive than Windows) to a cloud provider.

“Customers often ask what browser and OS combinations they should test against,” said Charles Ramsey, CEO of Sauce Labs. “With more than 700 million tests run on our platform to date, Sauce Labs is the best source for creating a test coverage strategy. Our inaugural Test Coverage Report focuses on trends by industry. With the peak shopping season just around the corner, the e-commerce findings are particularly relevant. More than any other industry, e-commerce tests overwhelmingly against Apple.”

Additional key findings include:

  • Technology tests the widest variety of unique browser/OS combinations (average of 201). This is followed by finance (average of 175.5), and media (average of 156).

  • The average number of unique browsers tested against by all industries is 114.

  • E-commerce tests heavily against Macs, while for all other industries Windows dominates.

  • Firefox and Chrome are the top browsers tested by most industries, with Firefox leading in the media and nonprofit sectors.

To download a copy of the “Sauce Labs Coverage Report August 2016,” visit:

Sauce Labs provides a high-performance, cloud-based automated testing platform that is optimized for continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) workflows. When tests are automated and run in parallel on virtual machines and/or real devices, testing time is significantly reduced and IT teams no longer need to devote time to managing testing infrastructure. Sauce currently supports more than 800 browser, operating system and device platform combinations, including mobile emulators, simulators and real devices.

About Sauce LabsSauce Labs provides the world's largest cloud-based platform for the automated testing of web and mobile applications. Its award-winning service eliminates the time and expense of maintaining an in-house testing infrastructure, freeing development teams of any size to innovate and release better software, faster.

Sauce Labs is a privately held company funded by Toba Capital, Salesforce Ventures, Triage Ventures and the Contrarian Group. For more information, please visit

Aug 23, 2016
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