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What is Europe's top browser? Stats says it's now Firefox 3

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 31 Mar 2009 16:38 User comments (17)

What is Europe's top browser? Stats says it's now Firefox 3 According to statistics from StatCounter, Firefox 3 has now become Europe's top browser, pushing Internet Explorer 7 from the top for the first time ever.
The analytics company was quick to note however that adding market share from IE 6 and the new IE 8 keeps Internet Explorer as the most used browser, although Firefox is quickly gaining on that number as well.

For the week ended March 30th, 2009, Firefox 3 had 35.05 percent of European web browser market share, followed closely by Internet Explorer 7 at 34.54 percent.

"The move is partly explained by a small switch from Internet Explorer 7 usage to Internet Explorer 8, but also by growing market share overall by Firefox 3," Aodhan Cullen, the chief executive of StatCounter, added.

"The data shows that Firefox is closing the gap and is now just 10 percent behind all Internet Explorer versions in Europe," Cullen concluded.



StatCounter stats for March

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17 user comments

131.3.2009 16:59

This is not a good thing. As soon as people twig more people use firefox than IE, I can bet you we'll see a lot more security holes popping up in FF.

231.3.2009 18:28

Yeah, but at least Mozilla pushes out the updates ASAP. Microsoft is well-known to take its good time over updates.

This is also all dependent on tomorrow, the April 1st. I am assuming the worst and that the Internet will be brought to a standstill. But that's just me.

331.3.2009 19:07

i prefer a separate browser, simply for the fact IE and explorer are tied together. Opera or SeaMonkey are my favorites, Firefox doesn't like my hardware.

431.3.2009 19:11

Originally posted by Lothros:
This is not a good thing. As soon as people twig more people use firefox than IE, I can bet you we'll see a lot more security holes popping up in FF.
While a increase in popularity will result in more "holes" they are usually patched very, very quickly due to Firefox's open-source nature. One person may find a hole to exploit while another will find that same hole and know how to "plug" it so it no longer poses a threat.

Now I'm waiting for the news of FF's overtake in the States.

531.3.2009 22:11

I like Firefox, and use it as my primary browser, but it is important that Firefox not overtake the whole industry like Netscape and then IE each did. We need many different browsers all to be available and high quality.

I like Opera, but it seems nobody uses it. I have tried Chrome and it looks nice, but I am not used to how it works and its controls.

Keep many different browsers so Firefox remains competitive.

61.4.2009 3:51

i read something a while ago that microsoft helped mozilla to develop firefox 3.

71.4.2009 9:05

Originally posted by sandeep14:
i read something a while ago that microsoft helped mozilla to develop firefox 3.
More like "The EU made them"

81.4.2009 15:42

Looks like the work places are IE loyal.

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91.4.2009 15:43

double

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101.4.2009 19:27

Originally posted by grkblood:
Looks like the work places are IE loyal.
Nope they just don't like extra junk on the client computers. i don't blame them. IE will be bundled with MS till the end of days and for businesses thats good enough.

111.4.2009 19:57

I thought M$ were fixing that soon, by making you download a huge bloated installer before you can get online to install Firefox?

121.4.2009 20:07

Quote:
Originally posted by grkblood:
Looks like the work places are IE loyal.
Nope they just don't like extra junk on the client computers. i don't blame them. IE will be bundled with MS till the end of days and for businesses thats good enough.
well, i wouldnt call firefox junk.

131.4.2009 21:01

Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by grkblood:
Looks like the work places are IE loyal.
Nope they just don't like extra junk on the client computers. i don't blame them. IE will be bundled with MS till the end of days and for businesses thats good enough.
well, i wouldnt call firefox junk.
When i said junk i mean stuff they don't need.

142.4.2009 8:02
ak472009
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i used to be a huge fan of IE , but after using firefox , i will never go back to IE , firefox is the best browser and has the best updates than IE

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152.4.2009 8:02

Lothros, they did fix it; didn't you read the M$ news release. IE 8 is superfast and as stable as the Rock of Gibraltar.

E8 is about as good as it is going to get until they fire the top 4 layers of management and relpace the used car salesmen with persons that have technical savvy. Telling the public everything is fixed doesn't help unless there are real fixes.

162.4.2009 13:28

Looks like Europe's got at least one thing right.

172.4.2009 17:11

More than one thing, brother. More than one!

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