Microsoft bests Netscape in browser survey

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Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer has edged past America Online's Netscape Navigator and Communicator to be the nation's leading Web browser, Ziff-Davis' InfoBeads reported. InfoBeads said Explorer was installed on 33.8 million U.S. PCs in January, representing 50% of the market, vs. Netscape's 32 million, representing 47% of the market. Explorer installations grew 96% last year, triple the rate of growth for Netscape, the study found. Netscape browsers still commanded a 53% share in the workplace, vs. 42% for Explorer, but Microsoft saw its biggest percentage gain in the workplace. Netscape's strongest share--60%--is with PC users who have been on the Internet for at least five years; only 42% of those on the Web for a year use Netscape. The most experienced users tend to have multiple browsers installed; new users tend to go with one browser, which is more likely to be Explorer than Netscape.

InfoBeads based its findings on more than 11,000 interviews with PC users in the workplace, home and self-employed segments.

Copyright June 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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