Netscape is holding onto its market share in the browser market despite consistent efforts by arch rivals Microsoft to dislodge it from the market place - but only just.
The research statistics are as conflicting as the supplier's product claims. A September study from independent US research firm, Zona, shows that Netscape?s Navigator browser still commands an 83 per cent share with Microsoft?s Internet Explorer accounting for only eight per cent of browsers in use.
But newer statistics posted by Interse, a supplier of business analysis software, show that the installed base of Microsoft?s browser increased substantially last month bringing Microsoft within 13 percentage points of Netscape. It stated that Microsoft?s share of the browser market is now 39.1 per cent, hot on the tails of Netscape with 52.3 per cent.
In the past few weeks Microsoft has been pulling out all the stops, taking the browser war against Netscape to new levels of intensity. The company has persuaded nearly all the commercial online services and Internet access providers to make its browsers the de facto standard. A tip sheet posted on the Internet for Web developers reported recently that Navigator was ranking at 65.7 per cent to Microsoft?s 20.1 per cent. It also showed that an increasing number of industry watchers believe that Microsoft is gaining ground. Larry Ellison, the boss of Oracle, and usually Microsoft's greatest critic, recently said of the browser war: ?Netscape has no chance. It will be wiped out.?
The September 1996 report from Zona Research said that Netscape enjoys a dominant position for Web server software on the Windows NT platform, with 74 per cent of those surveyed. Additionally, the survey found that on the Unix platform Netscape holds an even greater percentage, with approximately 84 per cent. And data published in April from Forrester Research also indicated that Netscape was the leading server software provider, with 80 per cent of Web site managers surveyed using Netscape products, compared to seven per cent with Microsoft.
However, just last Thursday Microsoft unveiled a new version of its online service, using television-style programming in its continuing attempt to expand its Internet presence. Many of it best features, including animation and news feeds, will be available only to users running its Internet Explorer 3.0 browser, launched two months ago.
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