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IE Increases Browser Share Lead

WebSideStory this week reported that Microsoft's Internet Explorer has increased its worldwide market share to a dominant 3-to-1 ratio.

This information, published at StatMarket.com, is based on actual browser usage and Internet user trends. StatMarket publishes data gathered in real-time from more than 31 million unique daily visitors to more than 114,000 Web sites using WebSideStory's HitBOX Web traffic analysis technology.

On Aug. 2, Microsoft's Internet Explorer (all versions) accounted for 75.31% of the total market. Netscape has slipped to 24.68%. The figures reported were:

MSIE 4.x44.73%
MSIE 5.x24.86%
Netscape 4.x22.03%
MSIE 3.x 3.60%
Netscape 3.x2.32%
Other 1.02%

IE version 5.0 has shown an increase in usage since its beta release last March. It's up to almost 25% from a 2% launch. Meanwhile, all other browser usage is either declining or has remained flat since the beginning of 1999. The 3.x browsers, both MSIE and Netscape, are plummeting - down 60% since January, while 4.x browser usage has eroded by approximately 25%.

WebSideStory updates StatMarket daily, publishing Internet user trends and statistics. The information comes from every visit to the thousands of independent Web sites that have joined the HitBOX.com community and use the HitBOX Site Analyzer. StatMarket gathers raw data mined from actual visitors, rather than information manually reported by individuals in a sample group. All information is stored and managed on the WebSideStory network.

Other stats on the site include: highest and lowest traffic recorded, page views, daily unique visitors, reloads, one-hour return visitors, proxy server visitors, same-day return visitors, monthly unique visitors, new visitors and repeat visitors.