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Communicator and IE Marketshare

Monday September 28th, 1998

George Giannukos writes in with a link to an article about IE and Communicator marketshare. George writes, "What I found very surprising was that without IE being bundled with AOL, IE would only have 27.5% marketshare."


#1 Re:Communicator and IE Marketshare

by arielb <haviv@erols.com>

Tuesday September 29th, 1998 2:10 PM

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So obviously we have to make Mozilla more attractive for those in charge of AOL so that it can be the default browser for all the millions of AOL newbies. That's really the only battle because Netscape wins in the "choice wars". Any ideas?

#2 Re:Communicator and IE Marketshare

by George <beg1@netscape.net>

Tuesday September 29th, 1998 2:18 PM

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AOL wants the best for its users.

Once the NGlayout is finished and integrated into Mozilla. AOL will want Mozilla, because it supports more standards and is faster. Although AOL picked IE, because Microsoft said they would pre-load AOL on every copy of Winblows, so i not sure how Netscape could compete with that??

#3 Re:Communicator and IE Marketshare

by George <beg1@netscape.net>

Tuesday September 29th, 1998 4:41 PM

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After reading all those posts. Yes i read them all!!

Most of the people, about 60-70% said they used just Netscape!

#4 Re:Communicator and IE Marketshare

by Aleks <awz@home.com>

Wednesday September 30th, 1998 12:36 AM

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The sad thing is that no matter how good Mozilla is, it will have to compete with MS's dirty tricks and their billions. Microsoft will pay AOL to use IE if that's what it takes, I think they probably do so already.

#5 Re:Communicator and IE Marketshare

by Greg Miller <gmiller@classic-games.com>

Wednesday September 30th, 1998 12:47 AM

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AOL gets some attractive marketing from MS in exchange for that. As I recall, it's got a good spot on their ISP list shipped with Windows or something (dunno, I never pay attention to that stuff). Without that deal, Netscape would still be the #1 browser. BTW: There was an article very recently on news.com where Steve Case from AOL explained why AOL went with MSIE. Doesn't look like there's anything Netscape can do, short of paying AOL large sums of cash, and Netscape won't do that since they've already given up on the browser market.

#6 Re:Communicator and IE Marketshare

by Allen Campbell <allenc@verinet.com>

Wednesday September 30th, 1998 12:51 AM

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The hope for Mozilla rests with the Open Source market. Every non-windows box is a Netscape box.

#7 Re:Communicator and IE Marketshare

by George <beg1@netscape.net>

Wednesday September 30th, 1998 6:52 AM

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Ya here is that news.com article

<http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,26488,00.html>

#8 Re:Communicator and IE Marketshare

by arielb <haviv@erols.com>

Thursday October 1st, 1998 1:17 AM

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Well, if AOL chose IE only because of Windows placement then it's up to the DoJ to change things

#9 Re:Communicator and IE Marketshare

by Blackhand <blackhand@home.com>

Saturday October 3rd, 1998 12:45 PM

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Umm, AOL now uses the Windows dial up networking. From the people I know using it, most of them use Netscape if they browse the web much. Also, I think that the Microsoft stats are incorrect on who uses what browser. Their calculation seams to go something like this:

Number of Win98s sold + number of IE4 CDs distributed + number of IE4 downloads = % market share.

:o) LOL