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Media Metrix' Top 50 Home Software Rankings: 
The Only Real-Time, Actual Software Usage Data

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 10, 1998--

RealNetworks' RealPlayer and Mirabilis Have Highest Gains in Number of Home PC Users

Media Metrix, The PC Meter Company, today announced its quarterly ranking of 
the Top 50 most-used software applications among PC users at home.

Media Metrix is the only source of real-time, actual software usage at an 
installed base level, unlike previous rankings of application and utility 
software products that are based on sales of product through retail channels. 
With its patented PC Meter(TM) technology, Media Metrix delivers the first-ever 
software rankings based on what people actually use, as opposed to proxy 
indicators of what was purchased or what people remember they used.

Among home PC users, RealNetworks RealPlayer gained 4.4 million unique users 
since the first quarter 1998 and jumped to number ten from number 24 among the 
most used home software applications in the second quarter. Mirabilis ICQ 
gained 2.8 million unique users in the second quarter and rose to number 27 
from 39 in the first quarter. Other software applications with large second 
quarter gains in unique visitors include Microsoft's Outlook Express (rose to 
number 22 from 33, gaining 2.4 million unique users), Network Associates' 
VirusScan (jumped to 35 from number 53, or 2.4 million unique users), Microsoft 
OutLook (jumped to 36 from 52, or 1.7 million people) and Microsoft Greetings 
Workshop (jumped from 76 to 38, or 1.4 million people).

Beyond the World Wide Web, Media Metrix provides invaluable insight into how 
people are actually using their computers - the patented PC Meter(TM) measures 
audience usage of the World Wide Web, proprietary online services, other ad-
supported applications and software and hardware ownership and usage. The PC 
Meter works with the computer operating system to track and measure actual, 
real-time PC usage data. Media Metrix maintains detailed demographic 
information for each PC user and can therefore cross-tabulate usage and 
ownership information with user and household demographics. Software usage and 
ownership usage data are compiled using this same proven methodology.

      Media Metrix, The PC Meter Company -- Top 50 Most Used Software
                      Q2 1998 At Home SoftUsage report

June '98 Application or Utility      Thousands of  Percent   March '98

   Rank         Software             Unique Users    Reach     Rank
    Total Persons Using             72,552     100.0

    1     Microsoft Office                28,264      39.0     1
    2     Microsoft Word                  22,618      31.2     2
    3     Microsoft Notepad               19,982      27.5     3
    4     Microsoft Entertainment Pack    14,132      19.5     4
    5     Microsoft InstallShield         13,811      19.0     6
    6     Interplay Solitaire             13,490      18.6     8
    7     Microsoft Works                 13,214      18.2     5
    8     Microsoft Freecell              12,129      16.7     7
    9     Intuit Quicken                  10,261      14.1     9
    10    RealNetworks RealPlayer          9,836      13.6    24
    11    Microsoft Paint                  9,388      12.9    13
    12    Microsoft Excel                  9,338      12.9    11
    13    Microsoft Plus!                  8,602      11.9    12
    14    Microsoft Solitaire              8,049      11.1    10
    15    Microsoft Defragmenter           7,593      10.5    17
    16    Microsoft Exchange               7,230      10.0    23
    17    Microsoft Hearts Network         7,135       9.8    16
    18    Microsoft Minesweeper            7,017       9.7    14
    19    Microsoft CD Player              6,913       9.5    22
    20    Hewlett Packard Twain Thunker    6,724       9.3    27
    21    Corel WordPerfect                6,543       9.0    19
    22    Microsoft Outlook Express        6,488       8.9    33
    23    Microsoft Visual Basic           6,394       8.8    32
    24    Juno                             6,349       8.8    18
    25    Microsoft Calculator             6,288       8.7    15
    26    Microsoft Money                  6,130       8.4    25
    27    Mirabilis ICQ                    6,049       8.3    39
    28    Broderbund Print Shop Deluxe     5,527       7.6    20
    29    Nico Mak Computing WinZip        5,453       7.5    29
    30    Microsoft Media Player           5,444       7.5    21
    31    Apple QuickTime                  5,405       7.4    30
    32    Corel Office Professional        4,998       6.9    37
    33    CyberMedia First Aid             4,955       6.8    31
    34    Norton Antivirus                 4,796       6.6    34
    35    Network Associates VirusScan     4,415       6.1    53
    36    Microsoft Outlook                3,950       5.4    52
    37    Norton Utilities                 3,739       5.2    45
    38    Microsoft Greetings Workshop     3,110       4.3    76
    39    Adobe Acrobat Reader             3,084       4.3    46
    40    Qualcomm Eudora                  2,970       4.1    38
    41    MicroLogic Software
          Printmaster Gold                 2,969       4.1    50
    42    Berkeley Systems After Dark      2,957       4.1    35
    43    Global Village Fax Works         2,908       4.0    40
    44    Microsoft Forms                  2,801       3.9    56
    45    Microsoft Publisher              2,692       3.7    43
    46    Microsoft Fax Scheduler          2,685       3.7    51
    47    Macromedia Director Player       2,680       3.7    47
    48    Iomega Watch                     2,451       3.4    65
    49    Microsoft Bookshelf              2,441       3.4    42
    50    Microsoft PowerPoint             2,395       3.3    49

Media Metrix "Top 50 Software Used" Definitions: Reach Definition & Examples: 
For software usage, reach is the percent of Windows-based PC users that used 
the application or utility software once in the given month. Individuals who 
used application or utility software are unduplicated (not counted twice). For 
example, if a game software title has a 2% usage reach that means that 2% of 
all PC using individuals used that game title within the given month.

Sample Size: More than 28,000 PC-using individuals throughout the U.S. 
participate in the Media Metrix At Home sample. (Media Metrix also maintains a 
separate sample of business PC users.)

About Media Metrix Technology Measurement

The Media Metrix Technology Group provides data from the first ever on-going 
effort to electronically scan and monitor actual PC usage and ownership in a 
demographically balanced sample of households. The PCs in these households are 
equipped with Media Metrix' proprietary, patented PC Meter software, which runs 
continuously to track real-time PC usage. Media Metrix is the only audience 
measurement company which tracks and measures all usage activity taking place 
on the PC, not just on the web. Data collected electronically with the Media 
Metrix PC Meter is far more reliable than information gathered in surveys, 
which rely on the respondents' ability to recall or even understand survey 

This Media Metrix PC Meter Report Series includes the HardScan(TM) report, 
which covers hardware ownership, peripheral ownership and branding information 
data. The SoftScan(TM) reports provide software ownership information - 
application and system software, and the SoftUsage(TM) reports contain software 
usage data. Media Metrix also provides Linkage(TM) reports which combine any 
two of the technology reports or link with Media Metrix' World Wide Web 
Audience Measurement Reports. Linkage reports provide unique information on the 
relationships between hardware, software, media, ownership and usage. The PC 
Meter Report Series is derived from the Media Metrix At Home sample of 28,000 
PC users.

About Media Metrix

Media Metrix, The PC Meter Company, is the recognized world leader in the field 
of usage measurement services for new interactive media and digital 
technologies. Media Metrix measures real-time, actual usage of the complete 
digital universe, including the World Wide Web, proprietary online services, 
computer hardware, computer software and other new interactive technologies in 
the home and at work. Media Metrix has more than 175 clients, including leading 
advertising agencies, new and traditional media companies, marketers, financial 
institutions and technology companies.

Information on Media Metrix, Inc. is available on the company's World Wide Web 


Media Metrix, Inc., New York

Stacie P. Leone


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