Another Survey Says Mozilla Up, IE Down

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-11-23 Print this article Print
  shows Internet Explorer falling even harder than in earlier usage-share reports, down 5 percentage points in six months. Mozilla browsers gain the most, rising to 7.4 percent of the market.

Another Web browser usage survey is showing a familiar trend: Mozillas share is rising at the expense of Internet Explorer. Global usage share numbers released Monday by showed Mozilla Foundation browsers increasing to a 7.4 percent share from 2.1 percent in May. Meanwhile, Microsoft Corp.s Internet Explorer dropped 5 percentage points to 88.9 percent during the same six-month period., an Amsterdam-based Web analytics vendor, based the usage share number on a sample of 2 million visitors across Web sites in 100 countries.
The latest usage statistics follow market-share numbers from another Web analytics provider, WebSideStory Inc., that showed Internet Explorer declining about 3 percentage points since June as Mozilla gained steam. specifically cited Mozillas Firefox browser as one reason for the usage shake-up. The Mozilla open-source project released Firefox 1.0 earlier this month. What about Firefox in the enterprise? Click here to read more. Firefox held a 5.6 percent share in the latest data, putting it halfway toward reaching a Mozilla goal of having a 10 percent Firefox share in 2005. "It seems that people are switching from Microsofts Internet Explorer to Mozillas new Firefox browser," co-founder Niels Brinkman said in a statement. "The total usage share of Microsoft declined 5 percent, and the total usage share of Mozilla increased 5 percent." Browsers from Opera Software ASA held a 1.3 percent user share in the report, up from 1 percent in May. Apple Computer Inc.s Safari browser also made a slight gain, rising to 0.9 percent from 0.7 percent. Microsoft has begun responding to Firefoxs growing popularity. It has started to tout the wide range of add-on software available for Internet Explorer that gives users new features, including ones such as the tabbed browsers that are popular in Firefox. A Microsoft executive also has said that the Redmond, Wash., company is considering launching new features itself through the add-on architecture ahead of the next major release of Internet Explorer, which is slated to coincide with the 2006 Windows Longhorn release. For its part, Mozilla is continuing to tout the momentum of Firefox. Over the weekend, Mozilla release manager Asa Dotzler wrote in his Weblog that Firefox 1.0 had reached 5 million downloads since its launch. The Mountain View, Calif., group also has held a series of Firefox launch parties worldwide and is planning the publication of a New York Times ad funded through donations in the coming weeks. Click here to read an interview with Mozillas president, Mitchell Baker. Also on Monday, desktop Linux vendor Linspire Inc., of San Diego, announced a new software bundle that combines Firefox 1.0 with open-source productivity suite 1.1.3. Called OOoFf!, it is being sold in retail stores and supports the Linux, Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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