Firefox 4 Downloads Are Already Eclipsing Internet Explorer 9's

by Sam Dean - Mar. 23, 2011Comments (2)

Yesterday, Mozilla delivered the much awaited version 4 of its Firefox browser, after numerous delays. If you've taken to using other browsers or have otherwise come to doubt the momentum and influence that Firefox still has, it's worth considering some of the numbers and statistics that are coming out regarding enthusiasm for Firefox's new version. Mozilla itself is supplying some eye-popping numbers.

According to the live counter on Mozilla's Firefox 4 download site, in the first 24 hours of the browser's availability there have been nearly 7 million downloads. To put that in perspective, PC Mag reported on the number of downloads for Internet Explorer version 9--Microsoft's latest browser--over the same time frame.  After its first 24 hours of availability, there were only 2.35 million downloads--and that's for the market share leader among browsers (although Internet Explorer has been steadily shedding share for years now). 

Of course, there are some mitigating factors to be considered. In the case of Internet Explorer, many businesses are standardized on it, but their IT departments require users to wait before downloading a brand new version, as security updates play out and corporate testing goes on. However, that's true for new versions of Firefox and Chrome as well.

The download numbers are so large for the new version of Firefox that it's clear that Mozilla's browser still commands major influence and will be in direct competition this year with browsers from Google and Microsoft. 

Firefox 4 is available for the Mac, Windows and Linux, and is available in 75 languages--an open source phenomenon.

 



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Don't forget...all those WinXP users don't get to use IE9 at all. That's a huge portion of the IE population that is deliberately locked out. For the price of an upgrade to Win7, IE9 is just too expensive and inconvenient for most people to care about it.


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According to the live counter on Mozilla's Firefox 4 download site, in the first 24 hours of the browser's availability there have been nearly 7 million downloads. To put that in perspective, PC Mag reported on the number of downloads for Internet Explorer version 9--Microsoft's latest browser--over the same time frame.

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