Firefox Stalled as Browsers Vive for Position

Firefox Stalled as Browsers Vive for Position - Park City, UT – Janco Associates, Inc. has just released its 1st quarter 2007 Browser Market Share White Paper.  The major findings include that Firefox increase in market share has been halted with the rapid acceptance of Microsoft's IE 7.

The white paper also reports that Netscape's (NS) browser version 8 has disappeared as an option with few users committed to it. Netscape users defer to version 4 as the one of choice.  The quality of the NS browser version 4 is displayed by the number of users who continue to use that browser as their browser of choice. Currently over 95% of the browser activity is limited to three browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Netscape.

New in this white paper are recommendations on which browsers to use and why. A summary of Janco’s browser market share data can be found on the web at,  and the IT Productivity Center (ITPC) web site

 The top four browser market share rankings are: 1st - Microsoft’s IE – 70.52%; 2nd - Firefox – 13.38%; and 3rd – Netscape 11.85%.  The CEO of Janco Associates, Inc., M. Victor Janulaitis said: “Firefox took off quickly in early 2005 but slowed with the identification of a number of security issues.  Since December 2006 it has lost momentum in it s quest to gain market share when Microsoft's IE 7 was released to the general public.”  He added, “Netscape’s release of version 8 is DOA (dead-on-arrival).  The marketing of that product has been ineffective.  Even though NS has almost 12% of the browser market share, in our opinion it is not clear that Netscape will be a player in the browser market next year at this time since most of their users are devoted to NS 4 - an obsolete product.”

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Trends on Browser Market Share March 2007 - January 2005

  Mar-07 Jan-06 Jan-05
Browser  Rank Percent Rank Percent Rank Percent
Internet Explorer 1 70.52% 1 76.21% 1 85.97%
Firefox 2 13.38% 2 11.07% 3 4.22%
Netscape 3 11.85% 3 8.39% 2 6.30%
Google Desktop 4 1.24%   0.00%   0.00%
Mozilla 5 0.95% 4 1.04% 4 2.06%
Opera 6 0.94% 6 0.61% 5 0.83%
Safari 7 0.76% 5 0.99% 6 0.24%
Other   0.36%   1.69%   0.39%
    100.00%   100.00%   100.00%

Janco has collected consistent data on browser activity since September 1997.  The data is collected from commercial sits which a focus on business to business activity.  Janco has over 350,000 data points for each month of the study as it continues to expand it client base.  Janco anticipates that it will issue an update to it market share data at the end of the second quarter of this year.