Firefox Improves Market Share, Snags New Record

Lora Bentley

The latest Firefox news as of Thursday centers on Web browser market share. InformationWeek reports the record number of downloads of the open source browser's third version have improved its market share to more than 19 percent.


According to Net Applications' most recent numbers, Firefox held 19.03 percent of the worldwide browser market at the end of June, as opposed to Internet Explorer's 73.01 percent. Though most of Firefox's increase came from users who upgraded from Firefox 2 to Firefox 3, the story says, a small portion (.04 percent) came from users who switched from IE.


Along with better market share, version 3 has also earned Firefox a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. The 8,002,530 downloads garnered on the first day of the release have been certified as the largest number of software downloads in a single day. It's rather amusing, though, that the category was not recognized before this year. The Register poked fun at the accomplishment with the headline, "Firefox 3 Makes Up World Record to Set World Record."


Not that the accomplishment isn't significant, but I couldn't help but laugh. It's too bad everyone can't come up with new world records to set.

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