Tuesday, 29 March 2011

5.5 Million Firefox 4 Been Downloaded in 24 Hours

Over 5.5 Million users have downloaded Firefox 4, the latest version of Mozilla's free, open-source Web browser in its first 24 hours.

According to Mozilla's official website, Firefox 4 downloads were up to 6.8 million by 10 a.m just over a day after the update was released. Mozilla now is the number two web browser after Microsoft.

The download of Firefox 4 in the first 24 hours is twice of Microsoft's IE 9, which released last week, downloaded about 2.3 million times during the first day it was available. Despite the rapid uptake, downloads of Firefox 4 have been slower than Firefox 3, which had been downloaded more than 8 million times in first 24 hours.
Over the past year, IE and Firefox's market share have declined slightly in the face of competition from Google's Chrome.

The latest version of Firefox, like its rival, features full support for emerging coding language HTML 5, tabs for apps, a redesigned user interface and a feature that helps users organize tabs for the websites they visit frequently.

"Internet Explorer 9 is only for Windows Vista and 7. Two thirds of companies are still using Windows XP," said Ovum analyst Richard Edwards.

"If you want to make the most of the HTML 5 stuff that is out there then you have to go to IE9 and a Windows 7 upgrade or switch to Firefox.

"That may be a significant opportunity for Firefox," he said.
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