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.
By Christian Cantrell
April 27, 2004