Google Zeitgeist Browser Stats Now Recognise 'Netscape 5.x'
Thursday February 20th, 2003
FriedEgg writes: "'Netscape 5.x' (Mozilla based browsers) are now listed separately in the Google Zeitgeist, and no longer grouped into 'Other'."
Targeted at members of the press and the curious, Google Zeitgeist offers regular statistics on the trends, patterns and surprises found by analysing Google search data. Following on from a discussion in our forums, MozillaZine reader jgraham has been in touch with Google, who say that 'Netscape 5.x' represents "all versions of Netscape 5.0 and newer and anything that uses Gecko."
Based on a steady hand and some pixel counting, it looks like the end of the graph (mid January 2003?) shows the following values (give or take 0.6%): IE 6.0 - 49.9% IE 5.5 - 18.4% IE 5.0 - 17.8% Other - 8.9% "NS 5" - 2.9% NS 4.x - 1.8% IE 4.0 - 0.8%
This puts all version of IE at about 87.0%, compared to 88.1% a year ago (not much change), but more heartening is the fact that Netscape 4 and IE 4.0 have slipped from about an 11.7% combined share of the market to about 2.6% combined. Percentage share of browsers other than a version of IE or Netscape 4 ("Other" browsers plus Mozilla-ish browsers) has trippled in the last year, albeit mainly at the expense of Netscape 4.
Take my numbers with the grain of salt I used to measure them with...