# Wednesday, 14 July 2004

Explorer is dead - not; at least some agree.

The much-trumpeted fall in Explorer's share is very far from conclusive. It has fallen from 95.73 percent of the market to 94.16 percent from June to July, claimed some previously anonymous web stats company. A statistical blip would easily cover such a small movement. This is very much a case of people finding the facts to fit the story - Web users flee insecure Explorer.  [via Techworld.com - RIP Internet Explorer?]

A statistical blip was very much my view of this story that I first saw on, ahem, that paragon of journalistic integrity, the BBC. I particularly enjoyed this sporty approach to numbers:

By contrast, the share of alternatives, like the open source Mozilla browser Firefox, rose substantially. WebSideStory said the combined Mozilla and Netscape market share rose from 3.21% in June to 4.05% in July.

Percentages on percentages is always one of my favourites. Since then the story has bounced around most of the news sites I subscribe to. Question, because the web stats company sent the press release to all the news sites or because all the news sites journalists subscribe to the BBC or some combination - i.e. get your press release on the BBC and it gains 'credibility'? 

Oh, and the Techworld.com article points to 'new kid on the block' Deepnet Explorer:

What about new kid on the block Deepnet Explorer? It hasn't been around long enough to suffer a security issue, but since it also incorporates peer-to-peer sharing, the chances of its being exposed are doubled.

Errr, well since it uses the IE WebBrowser control, just like MyIE or any of the browsers like Zowser or iMunch that you can develop with Zeepe then it suffers the same security issues as IE - 'new kid on the block' or not.

#    Comments [2] |
Thursday, 06 January 2005 00:23:22 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
So with some website stats now reporting IE falling below 80%... do you still think that "Explorer is dead - not"?

The sooner the world is rid of IE... the better.
Mr Blobnose
Thursday, 06 January 2005 08:34:30 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I would say Explorer needs to fall below 25% before one could describe it as 'dead' - below 80% (and presumably therefore well above 70%) seems to me anything but dead.
Pete Cole
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