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PC Advisor: Software Vendors' Figures Can Be Misleading

Feb 07, 2006, 02:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Niccolai)

"Has one in every 100 people in Japan downloaded MySQL's database? Figures published by the company this week imply that's the case, but common sense suggests otherwise.

"Software companies love to brag about download figures but in reality they can be misleading, analysts and some vendors say. Companies routinely include incomplete downloads in their total, even though the same user is likely to have tried again after an initial failure, and hardly any vendors estimate how many people actually install and use their software..."

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