Mozilla 1.0 has a 0.4 Percent Usage Share — OneStat.com
Monday June 24th, 2002
ZDNet is reporting that Mozilla 1.0 has gained a 0.4 percent usage share since its launch on June 5th. Citing research from OneStat.com, the article notes that Internet Explorer 6's market share grew to 46.4 percent during the month ending June 21st, despite the fact that IE's overall share went down slightly. The Mozilla-based Netscape 7.0 Preview Release 1 has a 0.3 percent share.
#18 Re: Random Sampling
Tuesday June 25th, 2002 10:19 AM
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Any vote on a site is going to give skewed results, especially because users of less popular browsers are more motivated to vote and make their browser appear more popular. To get an accurate sample, you need a large randomly selected population. Voluntary participation will never give a random sample!
The numbers at <http://upsdell.com/BrowserNews/stat.htm> look fairly reliable and agree well with OneStat's numbers. IE has 93% usage share, Netscape 4 and prior 4%, Mozilla-based browsers 1.2%, Opera 0.85%, and about 1% other (Lynx, Konqueror, iCab, Amaya, HotJava, MSN-TV, cell phones, etc.).
The irony is that even though Netscape is helping support web standards with Mozilla, the main force preventing web designers from using newer web standards is the old versions of Netscape. I would rather Netscape 4 users switch to IE 5 or 6 than to continue using such an outdated browser. Of course, if they switch to Netscape 6 or 7, Mozilla, or Opera, that's even better!