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The spin continues about who's gaining what share of the browser markets. It's all in who's point of view you look at.
Firefox's success in chipping away at Internet Explorer's (IE) majority Web browser market share has slowed since Microsoft Corp. began pushing the new IE7 as an automatic update to Windows users last year, a management consulting firm said yesterday.
But a Web metrics company immediately disputed the conclusion, and said that IE 7's introduction has helped — not hurt — Firefox. They battle on:
Firefox's stall, said Janulaitis, meant that it and other IE rivals won't be able to overtake Microsoft's browser "without some major new innovation or driver."
But it's all in 'How You Count the Beans':
Poppycock, said Geoff Johnston, an analyst with WebSideStory, Inc. of San Diego, Calif. "I'm surprised at how well Firefox has done since IE7 came out," he said. "It looks like the forced migration of IE7 is helping Firefox."
"IE7 has almost 31% of the whole browser market," said Johnston, "but its growth has been almost exclusively at the expense of IE6. IE7 has not slowed the pace of either Firefox or Safari. Microsoft's getting it from both those two fronts.""