Netscape browsers have continued to lose market share at a steady clip, falling to a new low of 3.4 percent as of this week, according to new figures. A year ago, Netscape’s market share stood at 13 percent, but fell steeply to 7 percent by March, as IE 6 gained popularity. IE has now reached 96 percent market penetration, according to StatMarket, up from 87 percent a year ago. Mozilla gained some market share when it finally reached a 1.0 release earlier this year, but browsers such as Mozilla and Opera still only accounted for less than 1 percent of the market, StatMarket said.Our take: Despite… accusations that I do not like Mozilla (which are not true – Mozilla is the only open source project that I have an account to submit bugs and help out), I asked my husband last night to install it and try it out. He did so, but he was not able to get some shortcuts to work the way he wanted to (eg. the way IE works). He got into help, and then he turned to me and said: “so, where is the help ‘for IE users’ helping you to migrate to Mozilla?”
So, where is it? IE6 has a Help item called “For Netscape users”. JBQ stopped using it after that, as he did not want to go through the whole help to just learn to use a browser. He knows how to use a browser. He only needed the “diff”.
Mozilla is close enough. But little things like this, widget speed problem for me and usability for others (mainly for Windows IE users, who are the important share of the market) can still drive a person on to not use Mozilla.
And yes, I love Mozilla’s tab browsing and fast HTML engine, Gecko. These are features that make Mozilla a very good product. But other things, are just not right yet.