Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2007 22:38 UTC
Internet & Networking The browser wars are over, and now Microsoft, Mozilla and other vendors plan to focus on positioning the browser as a development platform. That was the consensus of a panel of representatives at the O'Reilly Web 2.0 Expo who help develop Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and the Google Reader.
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lemur2
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2007-02-17

{Last time I checked, Firefox was pushing 12%, and other was at like, 2%. 86% is not a loss...}

I think you need to check again, since it depends on exactly what you count.

For example, I could claim that firefox share is at 25% :
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=9028

... and that IE7 is under 7% ...

http://www.benjaminfabre.com/2006/11/23/ie7-share-market/

7% is indeed a loss.

In the pcadvisor article I linked you can find this very misleading quote:

"Most consumers find IE 7 adequate for their needs and are too lazy to change, he said."

Most consumers don't have IE7 (in fact, more consumers have firefox than IE7). If they do have IE7, then most likely that browser is not what came with their system, so they are not too lazy to change ...

Edited 2007-04-20 04:16

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

If I were to make a wild stab in the dark, I would put FF at about 20%. Last time I saw something resembling trustworthy marketshare reporting, it was at around 12%.

I don't have a problem with firefox, it is installed on my system, and I use it regularily for certain things (beyond testing). Like I said in an earlier post, competition is in everyones best interests, especially IE users.

What I also said is that even 25% (which seems a bit high), isnt exactly a victory. Its half way to being equal. If you look at posts earlier in this thread, you will see people claiming that MS has lost, and the MoFo has won, which is simply not the case, or even close to it.

If you ask me what would be ideal, it would be the most standards compliant browser (which would probably be safari) having a slight majority, but having relatively close marketshares all around. This would create a spirit of competition, which is good for everyone. The amount of cross-polination between IE and FF is scary, and they both rip Opera off shamelessly. The more of that we have going on, the better it is for the end user.

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