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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
To the average user, Microsoft’s recommendations to either uninstall the Netscape browser or fix a specific code in the registry makes no sense.
Most computer users have no idea how to install or even uninstall software. Trying to fix something foreign such as the registry is like reading Greek in Latin.
Then again, those who have downloaded the Netscape browser are not your ordinary users; They are on the cutting edge, the cusp. They are also the real minority.
According to figures from w3schools.com which is a site frequented by the Browser elite, Netscape is not even a pimple on a mole. For them, the real browser battle is between Microsoft IE and Firefox. Microsoft makes up 65% of use while Firefox is now up to 25%.
That is a big WOW and it doesn’t take a degree in foreign archaic languages to understand the significance.
Last May, according to the wschools.com users, Microsoft IE was booming at 82%. It has dropped 17% in a year. This is the case despite the fact that virtually every computer has IE as the default browser. This means that people are walking with their fingers. Netscape still has a chance to pick up steam. Once it gets rid of some of the bugs and the bad press, it might start to inch its way up and might cut into both Firefox and Microsoft. Still, the average user is going to continue using what comes easiest and the geeks will play with the browser that has the buzz and the stability.
You can see that due to Internet Explorer instabilities and those trying to poke holes in it, there is room for change. The browser war is far from being over. Much will depend upon the satisfaction of Apple, the maturation of AOL and competing technologies that want to be the window to the Internet world, even if their name in Latin, Greek or even English is not Windows.