Mozilla Browsers Gains on IE
Saturday July 10th, 2004
Anonymous writes in with a link to a story on PC World.com talking about how the recent IE security vulnerabilities have started to impact current browser marketshare. It goes on to state that Mozilla/Netscape browsers share of the market according to WebSideStory has gone up 26% in the last month, gaining almost an entire percentage point overall, with IE losing 1 percent of its share. It attributes this to people trying out Mozilla based browsers because of concerns for security, and points out, "Once people start examining the features of Mozilla versus Internet Explorer instead of looking at a brand name... I think they'll see there's a lot more value."
The counter/stat-tracker sites - OneStat, thecounter, etc. - generally bear little relation to real browser usage. I don't know why their numbers are so biased (presumably because counters like that are only used on amateur sites) but they consistently appear to be wrong.
Of course, that doesn't mean it's not valid to look at trends in those numbers - i.e. 'Mozilla usage is increasing slightly' - which seems to be this story. But if you want some absolute percentage numbers then Google is a better bet: you know what you're getting. (I'm not saying it is a perfect represenation of the entire Web, but you know what it is: it's people who use Google. Which is a lot of people across a lot of groups.)
By the way it would indeed be interesting if Gecko does rise above IE5.5, but that'd be more due to the meteoric decline of the old IE versions than the success of Gecko :>