Firefox downloads reach one billionAlternatives to IE overtake browser

03 August 2009

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Consumers continue to switch to alternative browsers, according to Mozilla, which claims that it has seen the one billionth download of Firefox, its rival to Microsoft Internet Explorer.

To celebrate the billionth download since the browser’s 2004 debut Mozilla has launched a web portal ‘onebillionplusyou’. The recently launched Firefox 3.5 web browser has already shipped in 75 languages.

Consumers choosing alternative browser

Rival browsers such as Firefox, Apple Safari - now also available for Windows - and Google Chrome appear to be overtaking Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser in terms of popularity with consumers.

Statistics from W3 Schools show that IE6, IE7 and IE8 have 39.4% of the overall browser share compared to 47.9% for Firefox. Apple claims that 11 million people downloaded the latest version of its Safari browser in the first three days of its launch, including 6 million downloads for Windows.

Microsoft will also face increasing competition in Europe when Windows 7 ships with a special ballot screen to offer users a choice of browser. This is after the company abandoned plans to ship Windows 7 'E' version in Europe without the IE browser installed.

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