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! :-)
"I am consistently amazed that people rate netscape 4.x as a useable piece of software."
Interesting, because I use it constantly. IE5 crashes regularly on my Win98 machine. I have not had any problems with Communicator 4.x that have made it unusable.
If you don't like the key support of Mozilla, it's in your power to do something about it. Ask around in the newsgroups - find out what state it's in, and what they expect to have by release time. If that's not enough for you, let them know what you need to make it usable. If you don't, you'll have missed your chance to possibly get the functionality you need.