K-Meleon 0.6 Released

Wednesday October 31st, 2001

Andrew Mutch writes in: "K-Meleon 0.6 has been released. This release includes a number of new features including completely customizable toolbars and multi-language support for the browser menus. A number of features have been improved including more privacy options and better preferences support. Check out the Release Notes for full details."

#29 Re: IE Statistic (if you can call it that)

by strauss

Sunday November 4th, 2001 1:27 PM

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> First of all, do you actually believe "IE has 98% market share and growing" is true? <

I hope not. That's an inflated number. It's more like 80% as far as I can tell -- which is actually falling. Color me surprised. Publicly available statistics are hard to come by, but it looks like there may be significant conversion of NS4.7 users to the new platform, and some (smaller) conversion of IE users.

> Secondly, are you counting the non-Windows platforms? Since IE is only available for Windows and Mac, anyone using another OS ( ie BeOS, BSD, Irix, Linux, OS/2, OpenVMS, or any of the many flavors of unix ) does not even have an option of using IE if they wanted to. <

All those users added together don't account for 1% of the browser market. Be, Irix, VMS and OS/2 barely exist, while UNIX in its various flavors remains an esoteric platform used mostly in technical education, engineering, and back-room applications.

> Thirdly, are you counting AOL and Compuserv users as part of the market share using IE? Or have you left them out of the statistic too? If you follow these forums much then you should know that the latest beta of the Compuserv software is using Mozilla code. If things go well then AOL will be next. Hmmm, what would that do to the market share numbers? <

If CI$ and/or AOL adopts a Mozilla-based browser as the default it has the potential to shift market share numbers significantly, not only because of direct adoption by those users, but because of the network effects. More sites will need to test on the Mozilla platform as a result of direct adoption, which makes the platform more adoptable by other users due to increased support on the Web.

> Do your calculations include WebTV and other such devices? How about portable devices like a PDA? I have not seen IE much in embedded systems. <

WinCE devices use Pocket Explorer last time I looked, while WebTV switched over to an IE variant after the acquisition. (My information may be out of date on that point as I have not needed to look into this issue in the last two years, thank God.) However, neither product has significant browser market share at present. In fact, no embedded browser has yet gotten significant market share, and the Mozilla-based Gateway/AOL appliance was just pulled off the market like most of its cousins. Mozilla is as much a flop in the embedded space as IE or Sun's HotJava browser -- that has more to do with no one wanting a dumbed-down PC than with the browsers themselves.