Netscape vs. Internet Explorer

Although it’s a story that’s been examined a re-examined a million times, I find it interesting to note that in August of 1999 traffic to was 48% Netscape and 48% Internet Explorer. In August of 2000 it was 28% Netscape and 58% Internet Explorer and this past month it was 25% Netscape and 66% Internet Explorer.

In other words, in two short years, Netscape’s “market share” has gone down 23% and Internet Explorer’s has gone up 18%.


Craig Folkman's picture
Craig Folkman on October 15, 2001 - 02:07 Permalink

I just switched from a very loyal Netscape user since ver 2 to Internet Explorer because of all the problems with Netscape. Ver 4.7 crashed all the time, so I updated to 6.1B then 6.1. After loosing all my mail viewing. It was still there just wouldn’t show up in 6.1, I tried to contact Netscape. They wanted $30 to talk to me (remember my email didn’t work). I gave up and switched.
I have issues with IE, but at least it doesn’t crash all the time.

nitin's picture
nitin on October 19, 2001 - 20:09 Permalink

does anyone know what % of users use netscape vs. ie now?

Mark Brooks's picture
Mark Brooks on August 17, 2004 - 18:41 Permalink

MSExplorer vs Netscape : Shocking performance test results.

From about June 2002 to January 2004, MS Explorer held a steady 95% of the internet browser market. As a software developer it therefore makes perfect sense to build and test our latest version of FileCourier (an online large file transfer service) for the explorer first and then test it on everything else later. We have just now gotten around to testing it with Netscape 7.1.

We were absolutely astonished to find that, everything else being equal, the pure HTTPS UPLOAD rate for Netscape 7.1 was literally 3x faster than explorer! The HTTPS download rates appear most equal but Netscape is still faster (Netscape is 10-20% better here as well).

I have am interested in finding out if anyone can explain this larger performance difference?

 — Mark

shaun's picture
shaun on September 24, 2004 - 13:23 Permalink


I am a software developer currently developing internet website, I stay in south-africa and one of my potential clients whichs to purchase my system they use netscape as there default browser but unfortunetly a few activex controls dont load on there browser and alot of the html controls dont display correctly, they are willing to switch to Internet Explorer but i would prefer them to carry on using there current setup, please advise me, The url of the site is many thanks and best regards Shaun