Microsoft Internet Explorer Fights off Firefox - HitsLink Global Analytics for January 2006

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Net Applications (http://www.netapplications.com?source=PRW), makers of HitsLink (http://www.hitslink.com?source=PRW) web analytics, announced that the January 2006 global browser usage statistics show Microsoft Internet Explorer fighting off Firefox, Apple Safari, Netscape and Opera to regain some of its eroded market share.

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Net Applications (http://www.netapplications.com?source=PRW), a provider of Web-based applications that measure, monitor and market Web sites for Small to Medium Enterprises (SME), today announced its monthly website browser usage statistics for January 2006.

2006 could mark the return of Microsoft as the 'hot' technology company in the news. With all the recent Google setbacks (could it be that they are stretching themselves a bit too thin?), Microsoft may be the company in the best position to take advantage with a new operating system, new ad strategy and the much awaited update to IE due this year. In a striking turn of events, January 2006 browser usage market share numbers reported by HitsLink (http://www.hitslink.com?source=PRW) showed IE halting, at least temporarily, its gradual slide during 2005. As a matter of fact, IE regained some of its lost share, going from 85.05% in December 2005 to 85.31% in January 2006. Amazingly, the small gain came at the expense of each of the other major browsers. Even Firefox and Apple Safari had small dips in their usage percentage.

Will Firefox cross the 10% critical mass usage threshold? That remains to be seen. They are flirting with it, but weekly usage numbers don't show them hitting 10% for any week yet. Stay tuned and find out.

Did Apple Safari browser really have its first dip in usage percentage in over a year? Yes, but with the new Intel based Macs, Apple admittedly experienced a dip in Mac sales as people seemed to hold off on purchases until the new Macs were out. The opinion here is that Apple will soon be on the upswing again.

To find out which browsers your visitors are using, login to your HitsLink Account and check the Traffic>>Clients>>Browsers report.

Data for this release was compiled from world wide traffic statistics from websites tracked by http://www.hitslink.com?source=PRW

For these and other global usage statistics go to http://marketshare.hitslink.com?source=PRW

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