IT Pro Research today published a survey of 1781 email users in Japan. It’s not exactly clear who they were surveying (I am assuming enterprise/business users but…) so this is certainly not gospel.
Unsurprisingly, the total usage of Windows (from 98 through to Vista) is 96.8%. I know Macintosh has a larger than 2.1% share in Japan so this data is skewed towards business users I think.
The share of email clients is much more interesting and Thunderbird has an 11.5% share. Webmail has a 7% share.
If one was to do a general survey of Japanese Internet users, I’m sure the webmail percentage would be much higher and I’m sure there are many, like me, who use both a client and webmail.
Of the mobile phone network providers in Japan, NTT DoCoMo (Wikipedia) is the largest provider and has the broadest mobile network in Japan. DoCoMo provides Internet access services for those people who require PC-based wireless broadband access to the Internet via DoCoMo’s ‘mopera U‘ subsidiary.
Last week NTT DoCoMo’s mopera U annouced an add on for Mozilla Thunderbird which configures Thunderbird with the settings for mopera U. The user only needs to know their email address and password (the tool configures the other server/proxy/smtp/etc. information.)
Another major ISP in Japan, IIJ, has been distributing a customized Thunderbird for their users since 2006.
While the popularity of webmail is clear, there will always be a need for a mail client and I (and the many loyal Thunderbird uses in Japan) look forward to the actions of the new Mozilla Messaging organization.
The Inside Mozilla Japan blog is hosting a 5 minute clip from a panel discussion that was held during the launch of Thunderbird 2 in Japan on the topic of, “the future of email.” The video is in Japanese as are the subtitles. The panelists were from Daikin Corp, Tokyo University and Google Japan.
Just a quick note to point out that we’re doing a press event for the Japan release of Thunderbird 2 on March 9th here in Tokyo.
This event is mainly for the media and press but if you would like to attend, please leave a comment. If there is room left the day before the event, we’ll be in touch to let you know you are on the list.
皆様からご好評をいただいているメールクライアント製品の最新版「Thunderbird 2」が、来る 3 月中旬にリリースされます。Mozilla Japan では、これに先駆けて、記念講演を企画させていただきました。皆様のご参加を心よりお待ち申し上げております。
- 15:00 – 15:30：Thunderbird 2 製品説明
- Mozilla Japan 技術部 吉野公平
- 15:30 – 16:10：事例紹介
- ダイキン工業株式会社 IT 推進室 IT 企画担当課長 小倉禎則 氏
- 16:10 – 17:20：パネルディスカッション「Email クライアントの未来を考える」
- 小倉 禎則 氏 (ダイキン工業株式会社 IT 推進室 IT 企画担当課長)
- 安東 孝二 氏 (東京大学情報基盤センター助手)
- 及川 卓也 氏 (グーグル株式会社 シニアプロダクトマネージャ)
- 瀧田佐登子 (Mozilla Japan 代表理事)
- 17:30 – 19:00：懇親会