IE/Netscape Stats from Zvon
Thursday October 7th, 1999
Miloslav Nic writes, "I have an anecdotal evidence about the ratio of Netscape and IE advanced users. If you look at the October statistics of the Zvon tutorials : XSL, XML, CSS, Perl it gives the ratio Netscape 58 : IE 42. These tutorials are used by people who are interested in the newest web developments and who are therefore more picky about the browser they use than an average user. So even today's Netscape 4 is preferred by many power users to IE5. And NC4 is definitively not a software pearl. If Mozilla 5 is out with full CSS, HTML 4, XML, DOM and XSLT compatibility and with reasonable size then IE is in a big trouble."
If you think that's a good percentage, you should see the stats from MozillaZine! :-)
#11 IE vs NS, and MS buys Dell
Saturday October 9th, 1999 12:37 AM
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With an open mind I made an effort to use IE5 on NT4. My take of late is, "If Microsoft wants to integrate everything into their platform, let them." In other words, let them make IE5 and, Office, and every thing else a part of the OS. I hope they do (and I hope they buy Dell and close the door on open Windows licensing). So I figured, practice what I preach, and use IE. Well....
I like IE5's toolbar customization. But 2 out of 5 websites would require multiple reload attempts to render correctly. I've uninstalled and reinstalled IE5 a few times. I've tried it on other machines. Despite the mutt that is Netscape 4.x, I find the rendering engine more reliable. Sure, IE renders a little faster, but what good does that do me if I have to reload 2 or 3 times every time I go to a site?
And about that whole "integrate everything and buy Dell" idea.... yeah, I know it sounds ludicrous, but I think it would be better for the industry and developers. I'm open to any friendly debate about it.