"We stand by our assessment that Net Applications provides a more accurate analysis of the browser landscape," a Microsoft spokeswoman said in an email late Wednesday. "[But] it also unfortunate that StatCounter decided to respond to our critique of their data by staging a personal attack on one of our employees. We believe in a healthy dialogue and personal attacks in a professional environment are unwarranted."
Microsoft is a Net Applications customer, and like many other firms, pays the analytic company for access to browser usage data that Net Applications does not offer the public or the media.
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