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Firefox Snags Over 12% of the Browser Market

Park City, UT - Janco Associates, Inc. has just released its 1st quarter 2006 Browser Market Share White Paper. The major findings include that Firefox has maintained its number 2 browser position and in the past 12 months has added 7.81% to its market share.

The white paper also reports that Netscape version 8 has not taken off as well as expected and has only increased its market share by .61% in the same twelve month period. Currently over 98.55% of the browser activity is limited to four browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape, and Mozilla.

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 both www.e-janco.com/browser.htm  and the IT Productivity Center (ITPC) web site (https://www.e-janco.com/browser.htm).

 The top four browser market share rankings are: 1 - Microsoft's IE - 82.83%; 2 - Firefox - 12.61%; 3 - Netscape - 2.33%; and 4 - Mozilla - 0.78%. 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. In the last three quarters Firefox has begun to regain momentum. " He added, “Netscape's release of version 8 seems to have landed like a lead balloon. The marketing of that product has been ineffective. In our opinion it is not clear that Netscape will be a player in the browser market next year at this time. ”

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.

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