Netscape Survives War of the Browsers, PC World Online Survey Says.
Despite Hype, PC Users Still Prefer Navigator Over Microsoft's IE 4
The first feeding frenzy around Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 4 browser isn't translating into repeat business, a new survey reports.
According to a poll released today by PC World Online http://www.pcworld.com, half (49.6%) of the users of rival Netscape Navigator who downloaded Microsoft's Internet Explorer 4 said they will not switch to IE 4 as their permanent browser. Only 19.1% said they would make a permanent switch, with 31.3% undecided.
Likewise, the "push" technology, which is one of Internet Explorer's key features, took a beating. More than half the respondents (50.2%) said they believe "push" technology is not a benefit. Over 40% of respondents said they don't even subscribe to a "push" service, which delivers content tailored to a user's requests. Among those who do, Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 (25.5%) and PointCast (24.2%) virtually tied as favorites, with Netscape Netcaster far behind with 16.3%.
An impressive 60.6% of the respondents said they had downloaded the Explorer browser. The results are part of a recent survey administered to PC World Online's Advisory Council -- a panel of more than 11,000 volunteer PC World Online users who offer opinions regularly on technology and Internet issues.
Read the latest updates on the Microsoft vs. Netscape browser wars at http://www.pcworld.com/news/ie4. Tomorrow, PC World Online posts "Communicator vs. IE 4: And The Winner Is..." -- an in-depth editor review of the two browsers which can be accessed at http://www.pcworld.com/browsers.
The full text of the survey is available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Michael Kaminer Public Relations, 212/627-8098.
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