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Firefox 4 Downloads Soar as Market Share Stagnates
Firefox 4 Downloads Soar as Market Share Stagnates

By Mark Long
April 25, 2011 2:04PM

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More than 104.5 copies of Mozilla's Firefox 4 have been downloaded, but there are no signs the browser is gaining market share. Mozilla plans a marketing campaign, but adopters so far appear to be current Firefox users. While Firefox 4 downloads have passed Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft can afford to take its time since IE is dominant.

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A Broad Rollout

Microsoft is taking its time on a broad rollout of IE9, which won't take place until the end of June, Gavin observed. "We do this because we have hundreds of millions of business customers that rely on Internet Explorer and require an appropriate window of time to plan and test their deployments," he explained.

Microsoft has the luxury of adopting long-term browser market strategy because IE's overall market share currently stands at 55.92 percent, according to Net Application. By contrast, Firefox's market share stands at 21.8 percent, followed by Google Chrome and Apple's Safari at 11.57 percent and 6.61 percent, respectively.

Moreover, Microsoft is making a concerted effort to wean users from its IE6 browser, which has been running on PCs worldwide for the past 10 years and held an 11.6 percent market share in March -- down from 19.7 percent 12 months earlier. The goal is to bring IE6 usage down to less than one percent worldwide, so "more web sites can choose to drop support for Internet Explorer 6, saving hours of work for web developers," Microsoft said.

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