I'm slightly behind with this one, but as a big fan of Firefox myself I'd be amiss not to point this one out...
This week the funky and needless-to-say-Internet-Explorer-bashing-if-slightly-reliant-on-third-party-add-ons-to-make-it reach-its-full-potential browser was downloaded for the 400 millionth time. Of course, this figure in itself is somewhat ambiguous because developer Mozilla didn't expand on whether this number included incremental updates (if so then as a user from pre-1.0 then I'm responsible for about 20 of them) but either way it is a huge amount.
The rate of the downloads has been impressive too. It took just under six months for Firefox to be downloaded 50m times, with one year it was up to 100m and by mid 2006 it had soared past 200m, and now 400m.
Interestingly according to the latest user stats from US consultancy firm Janco, as of last week Firefox has attained 17.4 per cent of the browser market, up 5.6 per cent from the same time last year. It also shows IE has dropped to just 63.9 per cent when it had in excess of 90 per cent market share just a few years back.
Naturally Firefox bods are all pretty chipper too and left an official note of thanks on the site's community blog: "Today, you all have done it once again. With your amazing efforts, Firefox has reached 400 million downloads and demonstrated that not even the world's most powerful companies can keep people from a better, safer, and faster Web experience. You all, the grass roots and the heart of the Firefox movement, have helped hundreds of millions of people find that better, safer, and faster Web. Thank you for building this movement. Thank you for helping Firefox to deliver on the great promises of the Web. On behalf of the hundreds of millions of Firefox users, thank you for all that you have done in just three short years."
You're welcome guys, just remember we're all fair-weather friends. Start making rubbish and we'll be off to Opera faster than you can say Firedfox.