Monday, May 9th 2005

Is Bill Gates Not Getting It?

In an analysis by Tim Weber over at BBC News, regarding the competition Microsoft is currently having to deal with, Bill Gates is quoted: (on the subject of Firefox)

“I played around with it a bit, but it’s just another browser, and IE [Microsoft’s Internet Explorer] is better,” Mr Gates told me, and challenged my assertion that Firefox’s ‘market share’ is growing rapidly.

“So much software gets downloaded all the time, but do people actually use it?” he argued.

Just another browser, eh? IE is better is it? How come then that almost ten percent of the Internet’s users already ditched IE, counting only from the beginning of November? When (ex-) IE users realize how easy and efficient web surfing actually can be if you’re only using the right software, in my experience, they seldom look back.

The lowest Firefox usage figure at the moment is 5.69%. That figure, though, is now close to three months old, so we can easily reckon on Firefox being at a minimum figure of around 7% now. (We’ll soon find out – Web Side Story are due to release a new lot of numbers during this week.)

Update: It seems the page i linked to at WebSideStory has been removed. Maybe this is because of the imminent update.

Update 2: WebSideStory have now released the update, giving Firefox 6.75% of the US usage.

No Responses to this post:

  1. laihiu says:

    he doesn’t have a choice…lol….

  2. Anonymous says:

    Bill Gates gets it. His comment reflects a response you’d expect from any executive officer of any company (although many might not even acknowledge trying a competitor’s product). Business as usual. No need to get upset.

  3. David Naylor says:

    Well, obviously, he CAN’T say anything else than what he said. If he did, the whole world would be going on about how MS’s chairman (what is he again?) admits to prefering Firefox over IE.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Would the CEO of Ford say “the Chevrolet Cobalt is better than the Ford Focus”?Of course Bill will defend his product. It would be corporate suicide not to.