Microsoft trounces Netscape

Netscape has been all but wiped out in the global browser battle, according to analyst house WebSideStory. It reports that only 3.4% of web surfers uses Netscape as opposed to 96% using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  September 1, 2002

Netscape has been all but wiped out in the global browser battle, according to analyst house WebSideStory. It reports that only 3.4% of web surfers uses Netscape as opposed to 96% using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

In 1999, Netscape had 32% of the market, and just a year ago, there was still a contest with Netscape on 13% and Internet Explorer on 87%. However, in the last 12 months, Microsoft has rocketed into a dominating position in the browser market.

“The browser war is in fact a massacre,” says Geoff Johnston, vice president of product marketing for WebSideStory’s StatMarket.

“The newest versions of Netscape have failed to win over users so far. There are pockets of resistance in certain countries, but unless AOL makes a move soon, Netscape may find itself battling Opera for the last 1 to 2 percent of the market,” he adds.

There are certain countries where Netscape still holds out, in Switzerland, for instance, the usage is double the global average, and its use also stronger than average in Germany, Canada and the United States. However, the general global picture is one of growing decline.

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