Netscape Communications has lost market share to Microsoft over the past six months despite giving away its browser, suggests data from Adknowledge.
The research company said Netscape Navigator?s market share has fallen 8.9 percent to 52.2 percent, while Microsoft Internet Explorer?s rose 9.6 percent to 45.6 percent.
Browser market share figures tend to offer varying results. The latest data, based on actual usage rather than installed base, was compiled by Web advertising company Adknowledge. The company said it tracks which browsers were used to access more than 1,100 Web sites over a monthly period.
While such data is not necessarily the best indicator of market share, the numbers are interesting because they are among the first to reflect the effect of Netscape?s decision, in January, to give away its browser for free. They suggest Navigator is still losing market share to Internet Explorer.
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