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Did Microsoft Buy Netcraft?

Aug 24, 2007, 23:15 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"Okay, I'm not seriously suggesting Microsoft is paying off Netcraft to produce positive survey results (although this is certainly a standard operating procedure for Microsoft). But something is odd, if not rotten, in the state of Netcraft. I have often cited Netcraft web server surveys as evidence that open source beats closed source. The Netcraft surveys almost always showed Apache leading Microsoft IIS by a wide margin, and showed Apache growing as Microsoft IIS market share was shrinking. Lately, however, Netcraft began to claim that Apache market share has been shrinking rapidly while Microsoft IIS has been gaining the market share lost by Apache. Netcraft even proposed that, 'Microsoft's recent gains raise the prospect that Windows may soon challenge Apache's leadership position.' Microsoft IIS may displace Apache as the most-used web server? Could this really be true, or is this reporting from the Bizarro world...?"

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