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Firefox 4 eclipses Internet Explorer 9 on first day of release

Published 23/03/2011 | 12:01

All versions combined, Internet Explorer still leads the global market with 45pc followed by Firefox with 30pc and Chrome with 17pc. Photo: Getty Images
All versions combined, Internet Explorer still leads the global market with 45pc followed by Firefox with 30pc and Chrome with 17pc. Photo: Getty Images

Mozilla Firefox 4 has taken 1.95pc of the worldwide Internet browser market 24 hours after its release, according to website analytics company StatCounter.

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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.*



“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 0.87pc of the worldwide market.



When all versions of each browser are taken into account, Internet Explorer still leads the global market with 45pc followed by Firefox with 30pc and Chrome with 17pc.



In the US, IE (all versions combined) leads the market with 48pc followed by Firefox on 26pc and Chrome on 14pc.



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



StatCounter recently reported that Firefox overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 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 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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