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Netcraft: Microsoft Closing In On Apache Web Server Lead 102

angry tapir sends this IDG report: "After almost two decades of trailing the market leader, Microsoft's Web server software is coming close to rivaling the dominance of the Apache Web server, according to the latest Netcraft survey of Internet infrastructure. May saw an additional 9 million sites using Microsoft Web server software, increasing the company's share of the Web by 0.37 percent. In the same period, Apache's market share fell by 0.18 percent, despite gaining an additional 4.3 million sites. Microsoft is now just 4.1 percentage points behind Apache, which, as the most popular Web server software on the Internet, now powers about 37.6 percent of all sites."
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Netcraft: Microsoft Closing In On Apache Web Server Lead

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  • Nginx (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 09, 2014 @11:44AM (#46959831)

    Probably because a lot of us jumped ship from Apache to Nginx. I got tired of my server eating up all the CPU for what little my sites were doing. Moved to Nginx and freed up 75%, and I wasn't doing anything special server-side to account for that.

  • by Penguinisto ( 415985 ) on Friday May 09, 2014 @11:54AM (#46959947) Journal

    ...but did they confirm that most of Apache's lead was eaten away by nginx?

    Also, there's this:

    "Nearly seven million of this month's new websites are using Microsoft IIS. Around 11 thousand of these new sites are hosted on the Microsoft Azure platform (including a few phishing sites)"

    Also, what are the odds that the majority of the new sites are on parked domains?

  • by miknix ( 1047580 ) on Friday May 09, 2014 @11:59AM (#46959987) Homepage

    Please mod parent up.

    What a load of PR bullshit this article is. If people actually care reading the netcraft results [1], you will see that in ACTIVE WEBSITES the Microsoft webserver is falling below 12% during the last two years, while Apache has been well over 50%, despite all other webservers gaining place (Nginx for example).

    [1] []

  • by ackthpt ( 218170 ) on Friday May 09, 2014 @11:59AM (#46959993) Homepage Journal

    I once lived in the heart of the US auto industry. Anonymous tin-box Chevy and Ford cars ruled the roads by shear numbers. Not many people remember these high volume cars, the Vega, Maverick, Nova, Fairlane, Granada, Chevette. And the Pinto is only well remembered due to an engineering oversight which made it a mobile crematorium.

    So Microsoft has higher numbers, yeah? So who is using these things? Quick and dirty websites or real e-commerce, media, commercial/industrial?

    Numbers alone aren't very meaningful.

    We demand, lies, damned lies and statistics

  • Re:squatting (Score:5, Interesting)

    by javilon ( 99157 ) on Friday May 09, 2014 @01:18PM (#46960743) Homepage

    In fact, the actual highlight should be:

    In October 2013 both Ngix and Google passed struggling Microsoft in active web server market share. Netcraft confirms.

    That tells a lot more. Seen from that point of view there are three types of web servers using IIS:
    Parked domains,
    Default Windows server installations,

    Very damming for Microsoft, I think.

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