Mozilla's Global Usage Share Now at 1.1 Percent
Monday December 16th, 2002
Tyrannosaurus Moz writes: "According to OneStat.com, Mozilla has achieved 1.1% usage, up 0.3% from 0.8% in September. If you count Netscape 7 as Mozilla (it is) then Mozilla-based browsers now control about 1.7% of the Web browser market." Internet Explorer is still the number one browser with a 95% usage share but Mozilla has now overtaken Opera as the third most popular browser, behind Netscape (all versions) with 3%.
Today some site owners say "95% of our visitors use Internet Explorer - screw standards, screw users of non-IE browsers - run IE or get lost".
Making web pages is not only coding according to standards, but also coding around known bugs in existing browsers. All browsers have bugs and lack of support for the ever growing number of web standards.
Assume that a site owner discovers that his site does not work in Mozilla due to some obscure bug (in Mozilla) and he cannot find an easy workaround. He might say "our pages are written according to the standards - it may not work in Mozilla, but as long as it only has a market share of X % I don't care". In this situation, market share matters.