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! :-)
#3 Other stats sites
Friday October 8th, 1999 8:31 AM
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Those who are interested in statistics might like to check out other stats sites, for example the counter sites:
TheCounter <http://www.thecounter.com/stats/> (roughly: IE 70%, NS 22%)
StatMarket <http://www.statmarket.com/> (IE 71%, NS 28%)
and an analysis of statmarket's data is at: <http://members.home.net/h…eck/trinkets/brs_info.htm>
(interesting comment there that Netscape's numbers are still holding pretty firm despite lack of new release.)
There used to be another data source which was more reliable (I believe counters are likely to be a little biased towards IE, because they bias towards home users - probably a few percentage points) because it surveyed users who were selected using appropriate methodology to be a representative sample. However, my link to that no longer works.
BrowserWatch <http://www.browserwatch.com> just their own data, biased towards advanced users (web developers etc.) who are interested in browsers... IE 51%, NS 36%
I hope Mozilla will be able to regain some of the lost share, at least among "techie" users - I think it'll be difficult to get back the more inexperienced masses, unless there's an impressive advertising campaign...