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Most people accessing the Internet do so via media players
and instant-messaging applications, according to new figures
The Web may have popularised the Internet, but most users now
connect to the Net using non-browser applications, according
to figures released this week.
Media players and instant-messaging applications are now by far
the most popular Internet applications, dwarfing the Web browser,
according to December figures from Nielsen//NetRatings released on
Tuesday. Seventy-six percent of active Internet users access the
Net using a non-browser application.
The Internet is increasingly working its way into applications
outside the browser, blurring the lines between the desktop and
the online world, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. "With 76 percent
of Web surfers using Internet applications, functionality has grown
beyond the browser to become a fundamental piece of the overall desktop,"
said Nielsen//NetRatings analyst Abha Bhagat, in a statement.
The most popular application in December was Windows Media Player,
reaching 34 percent of Internet users; AOL Instant Messenger, reaching
20.27 percent; RealNetworks' players, reaching 19.76 percent;
MSN Messenger, reaching 19.31 percent; and Yahoo Messenger,
reaching 12.26 percent.
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