'PC-Welt' Poll Finds Large Usage Share for Mozilla-Based Browsers

Wednesday December 18th, 2002

The German magazine PC-Welt recently polled its readers to find out the most popular browser. The results are interesting: 33.7% of respondents use a Mozilla-based browser, with half of those choosing Mozilla itself (17.4%) and the rest going with Netscape 6.x (1.8%), Netscape 7.x (9.6%) or Phoenix (4.9%). This shows a large increase in the use of Mozilla-based browsers since the results of a similar poll were published last year. Internet Explorer is still the most popular browser overall with a 41.1% vote share.

Though the PC-Welt article is in German, a rough English translation is available courtesy of Google. Thanks to Hanno Boeck for the news.

#3 Talking moon

by rgpublic

Thursday December 19th, 2002 12:58 AM

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ROTFL!!! For all Germans reading this: Read the translated version first and try to guess what "talking moon" is... HAHAHA. Besides, from what I can see and hear from the people I know, the figures are correct. There's been a huge incline in people surfing with Mozilla over the last months. One year ago and a lot of my friends even knew the name. Heise (largest German publisher of Comp. magazines) and other magazines certainly did their part with headlines like "Security risk: Internet Explorer" and detailed explanations where to get Mozilla and how to install it and so on. After Klez.H a lot of novice users became aware of potential security flaws and asked for solutions. Furthermore, Germany in general seems to have strong advocates for Open Source Software (e.g. the KDE project). At the university I was part of a small minority using Windows and all explanations always related to Linux, so I finally had to switch. If all those students get a job one day, they most likely will opt for OSS and thus for Mozilla as well.