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Study: Explorer Winning Browser Battle

According to a study from management consulting firm Positive Support Review, Inc. (PSR), Microsoft's Internet Explorer is edging out Netscape in the browser race, climbing to 63.3% usage of all Internet sessions.

Positive Support Review's study was conducted over a 16-week period from September 9, 1997 through January 3, 1998, and reportedly included over 550,000 Internet session data points. Users can purchase the full study electronically for $299.

The research claims that versions 2, 3, and 4 of Microsoft's browsers were used in 63.3% of all Internet sessions in contrast to Netscape's, which were used in 35.6% of sessions during the week ending January 3, 1998.

Positive Support Review says its data reveal that Microsoft's usage market share increased from 42.1% to 63.3% in the period from September 9 through January 3.

"Based on analysis of the data, it is clear that Microsoft's IE 4.0 product is taking market share away from Netscape," said M. Victor Janulaitis, CEO of Positive Support Review. "On the bright side for Netscape, the 4.0 product is holding its own and maintaining a strong market position."

In addition to management consulting services, Positive Support Review provides Internet Services to businesses, and operates the SupportHelp site, which helps users locate contact information for hardware and software manufacturers.