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Janco Associates found IE had 83.7 per cent of the market for this month, down from 84.85 per cent, while Firefox grew from 4.23 per cent to 10.28 per cent. Janco believes Firefox could take 25 per cent market share in the next quarter.
In other news, how much you wanna bet FireFox and mozilla numbers are up next month?
Interestingly the sites that cater to the younger generations are showing much higher percentages than the others.
Edit: Forgot to mention that none of these sites have google positions that would enable the pre-fetching to have any effect.
In a week or so, i'll probably see some total figures for all of Denmark, which won't reflect the rest of the world (we've got 80% internet penetration here), and won't reflect tech sites either, but will give a good impression about adoption in the general public. My guess is 5% at most but it could be 10% because of prefetch.
The numbers are real. It's the same story over and over, person goes to tech, finds out they have coolwebsearch, tech says stop using IE, one less IE user. Geek soninlaw goes to grandma's house, tells her: your banking information is not secure, one less IE user. Since grandma happened to catch this in USA today, she follows his advice.
A mechanism used with the Firefox browser to fetch pages from the SERPs regardless of, if the user will later click on those or not. When such a thing is done by the largest Search Engine in terms og market share, it does influence stats.
larryhatch: This is a method specific to the Firefox browser.
Source is common sense
You made a statement accusing Google to want users to stop using IE. Post a link to the source where Google says this, or identify your above statement as hearsay or as your own opinion. Because frankly, I don't believe Google has ever said this.
If you didn't know they were competitors, this might help:
The noun competitor has one meaning:
Meaning #1: the contestant you hope to defeat
Do you think they would rather have people use IE, which uses MSN as the default search engine, or use FF, which uses G as the default?
Like I said: common sense!
Who cares if I didn't cite a source.
Here are some more truths for you that don't need a source: Toyota doesn't want people to buy Volkswagons. Kerry did not want Bush to win. Macintosh does not want people to buy PCs.
If you need a source to know that these are truths, then you need to get out of academia and enter the real world. I'm not trying to win the Pulitzer here so there is no need for a source.
It just so happens, that MSIE does not respond to the prefetch instruction. While this could inflate Firefox stats on sites that typically get first place listings in their related search results, it will have little impact on most sites that do not garner the #1 search result position.
The conspiracy theories that Google are doing this for covert marketing reasons sounds like a bunch of bull. To me, it appears very obvious that Google is only doing this to improve the user expierence.
I had no real reason to switch to FF until I started coding for the web again. Now I don't use IE anymore.