Mozilla's Global Usage Share Now at 1.6 Percent

Sunday July 27th, 2003

thelem writes: " have released their latest browser usage data. It's as expected, IE6 has made big gains at the expense of IE5, Netscape 4 has made losses and Mozilla and Safari have made gains." thelem adds that IE now has a global usage share of 95.4% (up 0.1 percentage points since February), Mozilla 1.6% (up 0.4 percentage points), Netscape Navigator 4.x 0.6% (down 0.4 percentage points), Opera 6.0 0.6% (down 0.1 percentage points) and Safari 0.25% (up 0.14 percentage points). "These figures show similar trends to those being reported by, although puts mozilla usage at around 2.2%."

#18 make some sense here...

by janahan

Monday July 28th, 2003 2:40 AM

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Good figures, though the actual figures may be slightly more, however, its wont be much different. On my own web site for example, i get a LARGE number of Mobile Phones hitting the site, but Moz based browsers stands at 7%, Mobile Phones are at 6% with Ericssons at 5% and Nokia at 1%. But the point is, my web site is more "enthusiast" oriented.

ANyway, back to my point, as a web developer, i dont see any issues coding for both browsers. If a web developer uses STRICT HTML 4.01, even IE6 will have "better" standards support. Although arguably Moz has the better support of the two, Most users will never realise that IE is not displaying the page as the designer designed (myself), and woudl not notice, unless they are using Moz, and if they are using moz, why would they be using IE anyway!

Not knowing how to Code to stanards is not an excuse for ignoring browsers. And althoguh i am not ahppy abotu IE's overall support of certain things (PNG, etc), its more than adequete to code to one browser these days. I dont code to NS4 anyway (never did), and any "differences in IE and Moz, i can mask in the Stylesheets anyway.

As for "users", well more and more people are seeing the benifits of Moz based browsers. My father was firmly in the IE camp, but got stung by popups sooo badly, and few times ended up with Bonzai Buddy, and Gator, unintentionally. IN the end, to help him. I installed and set up and configured Netscape 7.1, selling it for the pop up blocker. However, he got used to it, and when he discovered tabbed browsing, and other stuff, he TOTALLY hates going back to IE.

Ppl will realise slowly. Site designers will realise that NORMAL people will be using Moz, not just geeks, and thigns will change. slowly but surely.

One good example of a site which has changed, is SonyEricssons web site. I used to complain that it didnt support netscape browsers well. Not only have they fixed support, but the new "Sony Nav bar" takes on the look of the Moz/NS Modern Theme, if either is used. Ok it sucks if u have a different theme, but hey its a start!