Firefox 3 Catches Internet Explorer 6

IE still has global lead

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Mozilla Firefox 3 surpassed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 for the first time in February, according to monthly data from StatCounter.

Internet Explorer 7 continues to lead worldwide with 41 percent market share but Firefox 3 is now in second place with 24 percent market share.

"Since its launch less than a year ago, Firefox 3 has attained nearly one quarter of the global market," said Aodhan Cullen, CEO and founder, StatCounter. "IE 7 is consistently holding about 40% of the global market but IE 6 has fallen from 28% in July last to 22% in February this year."

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"The growth in usage of Firefox 3 can be partly attributed to users upgrading to the new version – Firefox 2 market share has fallen from 16% to 3% in the period."

Microsoft’s combined IE 7 and IE 6 market share has dipped from 68 percent in July last year to 63 percent now. IE 8 has just over 1 percent of the market. Firefox 3 and 2 has grown from 25 percent in July of last year to 27 percent in February ’09. "The overall trend is what is interesting here," said Cullen.


Firefox 3 Catches Internet Explorer 6
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  • http://dofollow001.com/ AndyW

    Great, great news :)

    Long Live the People’s Republic of Firefox!

  • http://www.privacylover.com Frank

    I would not focus only on those two browsers, there is life after them. It looks as if the article just cares about IE and Firefox as if that was all we use.

  • ieuser

    Interesting to hear numbers but to be honest im sick of the whole firef0z rulez! gang.

    Plain and simple, people use IE because it just works I never never found any benifit to using firefox ever. Which isnt to say its bad, but i really dont want to read 2000 fanboy posts saying that ie sucks.

    and before anyone gets on the security high horse, firefox has had about a billon updates recently so they arent faultless. At least the ie updates dont get in the way all the time and instal via windows updates anyway

  • http://www.techknowl.com techknowl

    I think many people are still unknown about Firefox and Opera . Personally I use Firefox . But Opera and Chrome are good enough too . Another news is about Safari with the release of version 4 beta. They are claiming that its 3 times faster than Firefox . Gosh !! where this browser war gonna end ??.

  • http://www.dogconstipation.org steve

    I hate IE , It always crashes .I use firfox and would advice every one to do the same . I am sure those figures are to grow for fire fox in the days to come .!

  • http://www.sophiesnell.co.uk rob snell

    I’ve switched to Firefox in the past two weeks – I really like the tabs which open up all the pages I check every day automatically whenever I start Firefox. however virus checking notes new attacks with tracking cookies so I still have to keep my guard up just like IE

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