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Firefox 4 hits 5 million downloads in just 24 hours

Firefox 4 Download Graph

Firefox 4 was officially released yesterday and quickly rose to 5 million downloads in just 24 hours. Even though 5 million is an astonishing number, when Firefox 3 was released it scored 8 million downloads in the same amount of time.

Firefox 4 has really hit the ground running and has eclipsed the launch of IE 9,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “Although IE 9 has undoubtedly been hampered by its lack of compatibility with Windows XP.” By yesterday IE 9 had taken just 0.87% of the worldwide market.

Now that doesn’t mean that it isn’t doing well, data shows that Firefox 4 has already gotten a 1.95% share of the browser market which doubles that of IE9. Lack of Windows XP compatibility seems to blame for the drop of browser share for IE9 while Firefox remains compatible.

Internet Explorer may still lead the market when all versions are taken into account but it is still followed very closely by Firefox then by Chrome. Data still shows a steady decline for IE as it was at 55% share last year down to 45% this year.

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Firefox 4 Hits the Ground Running and Eclipses Internet Explorer 9 – StatCounter

BOSTON & DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mozilla Firefox 4, which was launched yesterday (Tuesday 22nd March), has already taken 1.95% of the worldwide Internet browser market according to StatCounter, the free website analytics company. The firm’s research arm StatCounter Global Stats reports that on the first day of its release Firefox 4 scored higher globally than Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 9 which was launched more than a week ago.*

Although IE 9 has undoubtedly been hampered by its lack of compatibility with Windows XP.

Firefox 4 has really hit the ground running and has eclipsed the launch of IE 9,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “Although IE 9 has undoubtedly been hampered by its lack of compatibility with Windows XP.” By yesterday IE 9 had taken just 0.87% of the worldwide market.

When all versions of each browser are taken into account, Internet Explorer still leads the global market with 45% followed by Firefox with 30% and Chrome with 17%. In the US, IE (all versions combined) leads the market with 48% followed by Firefox on 26% and Chrome on 14%.

On a monthly basis, StatCounter figures show a steady decline in the IE global market share from 55% in February last year to 45% this year. In the same time frame Google’s Chrome has risen steadily from 7% worldwide to 17%.

StatCounter recently reported that Firefox overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) to become the number one browser in Europe for the first time in December 2010.

StatCounter Global Stats are based on aggregate data collected on a sample exceeding 15 billion page views per month (4 billion from the US) from the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.

StatCounter, which provides free website stats, publishes browser version stats via StatCounter Global Stats, a free online research tool. It also monitors other Internet market share battles including Social Media.

* IE 9 and Firefox 4 were both available for beta testing prior to their respective launch dates

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[Mozilla via Engadget]

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