Netcraft once again released a web server survey. And for the first time for several years Apache’s market share for active sites dropped below 50%.
Yet again bad news for Apache. While it is still the leader its market share for active sites dropped below 50% according to Netcraft. To underline the development with Netcraft’s words:
While that’s still a considerable lead, Apache had a 33.4% advantage at this time last July, meaning Microsoft has cut its deficit in half in the past 12 months.
I already asked about the reasons behind this on-going development – and got many insightful answers.
And these answers indicate that this is an ongoing development which will not change for the near future. It has nothing to do with the GoDaddy move or the Google web server analysis change btw., but it has a lot to do with integrated tools, languages and services, market strategies and user friendliness.
Usually I would not have any problem if there are competing products and if one product gains market share in favour of another. However, the only web server really gaining market share is the IIS, and Microsoft yet has to prove that there will not be another “Browser war” with closed source expansions only Microsoft’s products can handle. The web is one of the few places which Microsoft failed to pollute with proprietary stuff. It would be a pity if that would change.
Anyway, I still wonder if the Apache guys are actually reacting to this development in any way – or if they just remain calm and hope that this development will cease sometime somehow. I really hope that they come up with a good counter-strategy. It couldn’t hurt anyway…