Web server survey site Netcraft's recent report may have indicated Microsoft's IIS is gaining ground over the venerable open source Apache HTTP server, but version 7.0 is promising to take the challenge to the next level.
The August 2007 Netcraft survey collated responses from 127,961,479 Web sites and concluded Microsoft continues to increase its Web server market share with another 2.6 million sites during the month, while Apache lost some 991,000 host names.
In percentage terms, Windows improved its market share by 1.4 percent to 34.2 percent and Apache dropped by 1.7 percent to 48.4 percent.
This is in stark contrast to the November 2005 survey where Apache was found on 71 percent of Web sites and IIS on just over 20 percent.
"If Microsoft continues to gain share at its current pace, it could close the gap on Apache sometime in 2008," according to Netcraft. "Microsoft's recent gains raise the prospect that Windows may soon challenge Apache's leadership position."