Oops, they did it again.
Yesterday, as is its custom on the first day of the month, the analytics firm Net Applications (aka Net Market Share)
published its monthly report on worldwide usage of web browsers and operating systems. Apparently, December 2014 was a time of great transformation, with hundreds of millions of people suddenly changing their computing habits almost literally overnight.
Here, for example, is what initially appeared on the Desktop Top Browser Share Trend page:
No, those numbers make no sense. Netscape Navigator, a product that died more than a decade ago, did not suddenly reappear on 1 in every 12 computers worldwide in an HTTP-powered Zombie Apocalypse, nor did several hundred million people suddenly decide to drop Internet Explorer and begin using Chrome.
Today, that chart has been replaced with this more plausible-looking version: