Firefox is the best browser on the market, few in the know disagree (apart from Opera wuss Lars and Internet Explorer weirdo Jalal, but they’re quite simply wrong). The numbers joining this enlightened group of devotees (which I prefer to think of more as a cult) are growing daily too, with downloads now over 100m and market share breaking into double figures for the first time.
11.51 per cent is the total global usage according to latest reports from web analysts OneStat.com and – if true – it represents an impressive growth of 2.82 per cent since April. Pleasingly, nearly half of this increase has come at the expense of Microsoft’s demon spawn Internet Explorer which has dropped 1.18 per cent over the same period, though it still has a depressing stranglehold on people’s souls of 85.45 per cent.
That said, with most of the world still hopelessly computer illiterate it is nice to know more than one in ten of us has taken the time to look around and settle upon an alternative to the pre-installed web browsing mess that is IE6. More confusingly, however, is the distribution of Firefox users globally. Our Yank brethren across the pond may get more stick these days than Tony Blair and Sven Goran Eriksson combined, but 14.07 per cent of them have taken the smart option and converted to Firefox.
Those chilled out, weed loving Canadians (speaking of which, Hey Suavek) are even more sophisticated with 16.98 per cent of them having seen the light, while we Brits are demonstrating all the judgement calls of our Iraqi interrogation teams with just 4.94 per cent of us officially qualified as enlightened beings. Come on people, Internet Explorer carries 10x the footprint of Firefox and Swiss cheese has less holes than this claptrap, not to mention its lack of RSS support, tabbed browsing, search extensions and open source third party developer goodness. If you’re reading this in IE (and I know a large proportion of you cheeky monkeys are)… Wake Up!
FYI Apple Safari was third in OneStat’s figures with just a 1.75 per cent market share, Opera has 0.77 per cent (sorry Lars!) and Netscape a tidily 0.26 per cent. Google is going to take Microsoft down anyway fellas, you may as well hop ship before the search monster buys Firefox… That’s all from Gordon’s Conspiracy IT Theories this week. Over and out.