Sunday, October 23, 2005

Sun - Firefox celebrates 100M downlaods

Firefox has announced 100M downloads. It has cemented its position as the worlds number 2 browser supplier after Microsoft. This is an impressive result from the one year old upstart.

Firefox, which launched in November 2004, has now logged more than 45 million users, said the Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit group that oversees the browser’s development. That gives Firefox a 7.6 percent share of the browser market, according to September figures from Net Applications, a very distant second to IE’s 86.9 percent share.

Microsofts position looks deeply intrenched, even though the browser wars seem to be going through something of a resurgence. Firefox will soon be joined by the latest effort from Flock who is planning an all new browser approach that amongst other things incorporates blogging tools.

Microsoft may have more of a struggle to maintain their market share going forwards, particularly as they have not innovated that much with IE over the last few years.

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