Firefox 4 Crushes IE9 in Number of Downloads

Posted: April 13, 2011 in News

Both Internet Explorer and Firefox released the newest versions of their browser’s in the past week. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 came out last week and they boasted about their 2.4 million downloads in the first 24 hours. However, Firefox 4 came out yesterday and has already attained 7 million downloads according to Mozilla.

Despite the absolute crushing of Microsoft IE, Mozilla Firefox did not beat its own record of 8 million downloads in one day when they released Firefox 3. This remains as the most downloads in day in the Guinness Book of World Records.

As far as who is actually downloading the newest Firefox browser the largest percentage belongs to the Europeans. Europe accounts for 44% of the downloads while North America is responsible for 26%. The Asian market came in a close third with about 20%.

Firefox 4 was released after about a year of development and release date push backs. One reason why Mozilla outperformed Microsoft by almost three times as much is that Firefox 4 is compatible with older operating systems that IE9 does not support.

The new popularity of Firefox 4 is good news for Mozilla because they have been losing market share to Google Chrome recently, although Firefox still sits at the top with about 22% market share

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