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Firefox Market Share Tops 20%

Gordon Kelly


Firefox Market Share Tops 20%

Good old Firefox...

Despite the onslaught from the remarkably impressive Google Chrome beta browser, the open source people's favourite Firefox continues to make great strides this year with web statistics site Net Applications claiming its market share has now surpassed 20 per cent for the very first time.

"It's Official - Firefox Surpasses 20% Worldwide Market Share!," declared the Mozilla blog, patting itself and its users on the back. "Congratulations to the Mozilla community for reaching this historic milestone! For the first time in either a weekly or monthly period, Firefox surpassed 20% worldwide market share."

Those official figures are 20.00 per cent and 20.06 per cent in the weeks beginning 5th and 26th October respectively. This share dipped a fractional amount to around 19.9 per cent between those times before bouncing back. In fact, Net Applications' latest figure (for the day of 31 October) shows Firefox has hit 20.19 per cent which suggests the upward momentum is continuing.

Of course this is all the more remarkable given Google's high profile entry into the market (I had always assumed it would just buy Mozilla...), the continued push of the likes of Opera, the sneakily-iTunes-bundled Safari and Internet Explorer's considerable advantage of being bundled on every Windows PC on the planet.

Impressive? Very much so, but just imagine if your aunties and uncles, grandparents and (possibly) parents even knew what Firefox was...

Quick, go spread the word (hint: "Anything but IE").


Net Applications Report

Mozilla Blog Announcement


November 5, 2008, 7:52 pm

I still prefer Opera personally - internet and email in one program is rather useful, as is the inability to open annoying pop-up windows!


November 5, 2008, 9:08 pm

@ChaosDefinesOrder - "internet and email in one program", hmmmmn - I call that Gmail in a tab ;)


November 5, 2008, 11:25 pm

That's great news, couldn't agree more: anything but IE. I think Firefox is the best when it comes to customization, but Opera is faster and has a smaller memory footprint (making for better overall system performance, especially when used over a longer time period).


November 6, 2008, 12:01 am

i'd go as far to say the firefox memory problems are still very much there in FF3. example, on my laptop after browsing and downloading files i find using the thing just plain slow


November 6, 2008, 1:43 am

Along with the crashing, compared to Google Chrome, it's not very fast. Unless you like customisations, there's no reason to use Firefox 3 over IE. I find them nearly just as fast as each other. Chrome leaves both eating dust.


November 6, 2008, 1:44 am

Another big Opera fan, what can put a few off about Opera is its default starting style, but you really have got to try it, especially since its free. I've used Opera for over 6 years now and wouldn't turn back. It really has so many advantages over any other browser. Web browsing, irc client, torrent client, download manager, email client to name just a few things.


November 6, 2008, 1:53 am

@Gordon, its not the same thing. ;)

Only when you've experienced the exceptional integration

of technologies accomplished in opera can you appreciate its power.


November 6, 2008, 2:24 am

Chrome is faster but it also crashes if you open tabs with too much gusto.

I like both.


November 6, 2008, 2:16 pm

Chrome is good and fast but it still isn't complete overall, for example I can organize my bookmarks the way I would like


November 6, 2008, 2:41 pm

I mean I can't organize my bookmarks in Chrome at the moment and it doesn't have RSS support


November 6, 2008, 6:18 pm

My parents wouldn't have found out about Firefox for themselves, but I installed it for them and they wouldn't go back to IE now that I helped them get used to it. People definitely need to push past the 'it's so different' obstacle which I think is the main problem hindering change.


November 9, 2008, 8:08 am

@gettinhigh - just combine FF with the gmail add-on ;)

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