Latest figures in the browser wars are in and while Firefox predictably continues to eat in Internet Explorer’s market share. Opera 8 has also announced itself with some impressive early stats.
Let’s run through them. For Firefox it is 50 million downloads and counting since the browser launched version 1.0 in November. This equates to 10.28 per cent of the market (a not to be sniffed at one in 10 now) and up from 4.23 per cent in February.
For Opera 8, which launched just two weeks ago, two million downloads have been reported which is also pretty frenetic. Commenting on the figures, Jon von Tetzcher, Opera’s CEO was understandably upbeat, “Considering Opera’s last version, Opera 7, accumulated more than 60 million downloads, the successful launch of Opera 8 in April 2005 reflects that even higher download figures await for Opera.” No doubt there was a big smirk on his face as he finished that sentence.
Certainly, these combined figures show us a growing trend that the public has become far more willing to experiment with alternatives to IE. For the technophobes out there adopting anything other than the built in browser you are given with Windows can prove a little daunting, but it goes to show – even in these days of multinationals and blanket marketing – good products can still win through.
Expect further gains by Firefox and Opera until Microsoft gets around to launching IE7 this summer. Once that hits the market, the real test begins.