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%.
#47 Hehe - small share gives high change rates
Tuesday December 17th, 2002 2:40 AM
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Yes - the smaller the share the higher the change rate. Not something to be too enthusiastic about. The big problem of Mozilla is IMO to give a good reason why to use it: IE comes free and readily preinstalled with every Windows machine - and there are the vast majority of desktop machines already. Why would the average user want to switch? Why would he want to: take the trouble of doing something to download and install a program that, essentially, does the same as the program he/she is used to (but will have problems with many pages that were "optimized" for IE).
It turns out that the dynamics of the browser share is largely caused by the monopoly and domination of MS. Everybody who has eyes to see will recognize that this situation can not be changed by technology or marketing. The current situation of the software market is more perverse than communist "markets" ever where - and it is not reduced to only a few countries, but becomes a problem nearly world-wide. It is obvious that only political measures can remedy this situation - politics in the US has just recently failed and politics are in danger to fail elsewhere, because there is a lot of pressure and war-money from MS and MS-dependent companies, but nearly no pressure and absolutely no war-money from the rest of the people, who are more or less forced to pay for something where they have no choice. So if you are a computer expert, try to get your senator, MP or other politically empowered person to realize the severity of the situation and take political steps to reestablish a *market* and *choice* where there currently is none.