Popular alternative web browser Firefox is gaining ground on
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in a big way in Europe, according to French firm XiTi
Monitor. The latest statistics put Firefox use at nearly 28 percent of European
web surfers, up from just over 21 percent the same period last year.
In certain countries, the use of Firefox is nearly equal
that of Internet Explorer. Slovenia had the highest Firefox utilization at 47.9
percent, followed by Finland at 45.4 and Slovakia at 40.4 percent.
In terms of overall Firefox usage per region, Oceania tops
the globe at 28.9 percent. North America ranked lower at 18.7 percent. South
America, Africa and Asia sat at around 15 percent.
"I hope we continue to gain market share, as our goal
is to promote choice. Monopoly leads to lack of innovation," said Tristan
Nitot, president of Mozilla Europe, to CNET.
Microsoft does not appear to be concerned about Firefox’s
growth as long as it is on its operating system, as a company representative
said in a prepared statement, "We're proud to see Windows remains the
platform of choice, in part because it provides our customers with the widest
range of both hardware and software options in the industry."
The folks behind Firefox, however, feel differently. "I
think it should be a cause for concern for them--our intention is to encourage
Microsoft to get back to work and improve IE," Nitot said. "We want a
better Web experience for everybody."
quote: By the by, is it just me or Firefox starts up real slow when you first open it?
quote: Whats the point of downloading and having another brower when IE7 can do it all?
quote: The point is, these features are not important to many users. Most users are just using the basic features of the brower. That is why, unless the default browser is pretty deficient (as you could argue IE6 was comparatively speaking), most people are content just using IE7.
quote: If most people are content to browse the web with something that works, they aren't going to change. These are not the people who would switch from IE to begin with.
quote: Firefox searches letter by letter when you use the find option (unlike IE or Opera were you should type the full word)
quote: How so...Could you explain this?
quote: With all due respect, the trump card for Firefox is the add-on features.
quote: Firefox add-ins just increase the complexity of the software installation and reduce its reliability.
quote: I prefer my software configurations lean and mean, without a lot of extraneous B.S.
quote: Firefox has lost the edge it once had. Back when everyone was using IE6, the differences were much more pronounced.
quote: Firefox is roughly on par with IE7 on WinXP.
quote: Choice is fine and dandy, but many Firefox users jumped on the bandwagon during the IE6 days and have not yet looked back.
quote: Right now Firefox seems to be playing catch up to IE7 rather than the other way around.