In March 2004, NPD Research conducted a study to determine what percentage of Web browsers have Macromedia Flash preinstalled. The results show that 98.0% of Web users can experience Macromedia Flash content without having to download and install a player. 98% refers specifically to Flash 2 support (obviously the most ubiquitous), however Flash 6 is up to 93.5% and Flash 7 is already at 52.5% (in the US). A detailed breakdown by player version is available, as well as by browser and operating system. There are even some very interesting user profile statistics available, as well.
April 27, 2004