Microsofts browser slide continues
A little bit about the Firefox marked share.
For the 10th consecutive month, the popularity of Microsoft'' Internet Explorer Web browser has declined. Netscape's browser showed the strongest growth in market share in August, rising 33% to a 2.02% share, according to NetApplications, a Web-site analysis company.
Firefox still holds clout on Internet
Despite the first hack-attack reported against it, Firefox, the nifty little open-source Internet browser, continues to hold sway around the world, taking users away from Microsoft's Internet Explorer, a new survey has shown. According to NetApplications, a website analysis company, Firefox, which is offered through Mozilla Corp., had a market share of 8.27 per cent in August, up from 8.07 per cent in July. On the other hand, the Internet Explorer, continued its slide in the market, dropping to 86.31 per cent from 87.2 per cent.
Firefox, Netscape, and Safari all gained market share at Internet Explorer's expense
IE lost market share as Firefox, Apple Computer Inc.'s Safari; and America Online Inc.'s Netscape gained. Safari rose to 2.2 percent from 2.13 percent in July, while Netscape posted the biggest gain to 2.02 percent from 1.5 percent. "Firefox isn't the only interesting story in August, with Safari and Netscape on the rise, Internet Explorer faced an offensive on three separate fronts," Phil Vizzaccaro, chief executive of NetApplications, said in a statement.
We're talking about tenths of 1 percent.
Stats regarding tenths of 1 percent are definitely unreliable.
Furthermore, the article insists on the gain made by Netscape but Netscape 8.x supports switching of rendering engine. And the article does not mention at all this matter. So, if Netscape has gotten 0.5% gain, what should we conclude if such gain was due to people switching to MSIE rendering? It's entirely possible to use NS 18.104.22.168 and then use MSIE 6 to view webpages.Comment by Gerard Talbot at September 14, 2005 02:23 AM | Permalink
I just checked my recent visitor log and of the 10 last visitors 8 were IE, 1 was FireFox and 1 was Opera (that was me). http://monster.gostats.com/summary.xml?id=3558
From this small dataset it re-inforces the strength of IE. An 80% market share is very healthly. Of course the law of dimishing returns prevents MS from really pushing their browser through ad campagins like firefox.