Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
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Market share.

One of the luxuries of a good corporate library is access to industry market research. I spent some of my lunch break today having a quick look at the state of the industry circa April 2003:

- Mozilla market share is now around 1.2%
- Communicator 4.x's market share is now around 1.0%
- Both Netscape 7 and Opera have market share of around 0.7% each
- Finally, Safari's market share is hovering just above 0.1%

Looking over at the OS side of the house, it would appear that about 97.5% of the world is using Windows, with 1.4% on the Mac [most of these are System 9.x], and 0.25% are using Linux.

Now, these numbers are for client systems, not servers, which is why things look really strange for Linux. However, I've also read that although Linux is continuing to grab market share in the server market, nearly all of it is at the expense of proprietary Unix - Windows Server market share actually increased again in 2002.

Sadly, the research companies that publish these numbers never seem to adequately document their methodology, so it's hard to tell [at least I think it is] how reliable any of these statistics are. Still, I don't know... I'm not surprised by the Mozilla numbers, in any case, but I had no idea Apple was having such a hard time in the market. However, other research I've read has indicated that Apple should be able to maintain their market share for a few years into the future without much of a problem. Whether or not they'll increase it is, of course, unclear.
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