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Mozilla Firefox on top in Europe

Written by James Delahunty @ 05 Jan 2011 9:09 User comments (4)

Mozilla Firefox on top in Europe StatCounter has revealed that Mozilla's Firefox browser is now in pole position in the European market.
This is the first time that Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser has lost the top spot in a major market, according to the analytics firm. The figures show that during December, Firefox claimed 38.1 percent of the market while Internet Explorer fell to 37.5 percent.

Firefox's jump to the top was actually helped along by Google's Chrome browser, which saw its share in Europe rise from 5.1 percent last year to 14.6 percent this year. Ironically, the Firefox browser only seems to have managed to maintain its share from the previous year.

The major losses for Internet Explorer in Europe have come after Microsoft began pushing out a "Browser Choice" screen to European users under an agreement with the European Union to settle an antitrust case. The screen lists other web browsers as an alternative to Internet Explorer (in random order), and directs the user to the alternative browser's homepage.



Globally, Internet Explorer is still clinging on to the top spot with 46.9 percent of the market, followed by Firefox with 30.8 percent of the market. Microsoft hopes to reverse the downward trend with Internet Explorer 9, which the software giant has tuned up for better performance and enhanced security compared to its predecessors.

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4 user comments

15.1.2011 12:16

I would love to see a similar "Browser Choice" screen pushed out worldwide or at least in the U.S. and see what the results are for Firefox and Chrome.

25.1.2011 12:42

Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
I would love to see a similar "Browser Choice" screen pushed out worldwide or at least in the U.S. and see what the results are for Firefox and Chrome.
It would be interesting. One thing though that I noticed about the Browser Choice screen when I got it on my comps is it doesn't actually make it "very easy" to stick with Internet Explorer 8. IIRC, it gives a clear option to decide later instead. Obviously if you select IE8 it says "thanks for sticking with IE" and yada yada but other than that, I don't think Microsoft did themselves any favors at all with it lol

35.1.2011 14:55

cant believe most people don't use Chrome...
no better, faster and cleaner browser imo

45.1.2011 20:54

"no better" is right! ;-)

Tried Chrome...don't like.

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