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Thursday, September 23, 2004

New web site peak 

On Monday, 20th September 2004, my web site hit a new peak of 491,000 hits per day. That's almost double the previous peak set back in May 2004.

My web site statistics reveal some interesting trends.

Operating System usage is: Windows 87%, Mac 9%, Linux 3%. Those figures have been fairly static over the last year or so.

Brower usage is: MS Internet Explorer 73%, Mozilla 16%, Safari 7% and Opera 2%. Those figures represent a significant change with MS IE loosing about 15% share to the other browers in the last six months.

It would appear that although there is a lot of talk about Linux increasing its share of the desktop operating system market, not much change is actually happening. But on the other hand, it seems plenty of people are finding enough feature and/or usability benefits with other browsers to go to the trouble of installing one of them and using it in preference to Microsoft IE on the Windows operating system platform.

I'm sure my web site would be simply reflecting a world-wide trend. These figures show that the market can change quickly, and thus should be a wake up call to those asleep at the wheel in the MS IE product team. Perhaps Microsoft will soon put some additional resources into improving the standards compliance, features and usability of Internet Explorer in an effort to regain lost market share. Certainly it would seem Microsoft can no longer assume the browser war has been won.


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