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Firefox has topped 400 million downloads as of Friday, September 7

Mozilla's popular Firefox browser was downloaded for the 400 millionth time, last Friday.  The company made a celebratory announcement on its website, which can be found here.

Work on the browser was first started on November 9th, 2004, and within 99 days the first version of the browser was released. The browser's latest release version is

As of September 2007, the browser had a 17.4 percent market share, according to marketing research firm Janco and the IT Productivity Center.  This is up from a share of 11.75 percent last year, according to the firm.

In the same period, Internet Explorer's market share dropped from 73.4 to 63.9 percent.  Interestingly, usage of Apple's safari browser also dropped from 1.12 to 1.05 percent.  Google Desktop made a minor splash taking 2 percent of the market away from IE.

Firefox's growth can be attributed to its popularity and an easy to use, intuitive browser. The browser includes tabbed browsing and support for extensions -- two features that many of its users find impossible to live without.  While other browser support tabbed browsing, Firefox is the clear leader in extensions support, as most of its competitors provide little if any support for extensions.

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By therealnickdanger on 9/11/2007 3:39:29 PM , Rating: 5
I say "wow" to both the explosive growth of Firefox and the explosive growth in my pants due to the busty blonde you have chosen in your picture.

RE: Wow
By TomZ on 9/11/07, Rating: -1
RE: Wow
By KristopherKubicki on 9/11/2007 3:43:39 PM , Rating: 4
The only remote connection she has to Firefox is that she's wearing a Firefox shirt.

Sort of.

RE: Wow
By webdawg77 on 9/11/2007 4:05:19 PM , Rating: 2
Don't you mean almost "not wearing" the FF shirt?

RE: Wow
By TomZ on 9/11/2007 4:08:37 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, I didn't notice her shirt before. I see what you mean now.

RE: Wow
By drunkenmastermind on 9/12/2007 7:40:14 AM , Rating: 2
I believe that the correct name for that piece of clothing is a tank top.

RE: Wow
By TheGreek on 9/18/2007 2:36:07 PM , Rating: 2
What clothing?

RE: Wow
By Misty Dingos on 9/11/2007 4:16:04 PM , Rating: 4
The shirt used to fit but once she made the move to Firefox she gained two cup sizes! A not so hidden benefit for women that make the switch. ;)

RE: Wow
By webdawg77 on 9/11/2007 4:17:41 PM , Rating: 4
A co-worker's quote after seeing the picture ... I mean reading the article.

wouldn't you love to be the fire in her fox?


Internet Explorer
By rsmech on 9/11/2007 3:41:25 PM , Rating: 2
I started using firefox a couple of years ago & love it. I also have the new IE that supposedly has some features like firefox. But to tell you the truth I can't figure out how to even configure it like the old IE or firefox to make it usable. I'm sure it isn't that difficult, but why waste my time on a half breed browser. It either needs to go back to the way it was or just admit firefox is better & copy it, right now it sucks.

RE: Internet Explorer
By uglyone888 on 9/11/2007 10:29:13 PM , Rating: 2
I always recommend either FF or Opera as opposed to IE, because I hate how IE 7 checks for phishing at nearly ever webpage you visit. You can turn it off, and it is a handy feature, but on my 756kbps connection, it takes longer than usual just to access my favorite webpages (like dailytech), and I love the mouse gestures in Opera and the extensions in Firefox

RE: Internet Explorer
By TomZ on 9/12/2007 9:12:28 AM , Rating: 2
OK, so let me get this straight, you don't like IE because it has a feature you like that can be disabled. Uh huh, makes sense to me - not.

Mouse gestures are cool, but I found it quicker just to click the toolbar buttons.

Firefox extensions are nice, but a lot of times they lead to instability. It's a double-edge sword.

Mostly meaningless milestone
By peldor on 9/11/2007 4:12:51 PM , Rating: 2
The (growing) market share numbers are much more important. I've downloaded Firefox dozens of times just for myself when you count all the many releases multiplied by the systems I've used.

RE: Mostly meaningless milestone
By SandmanWN on 9/11/2007 5:15:24 PM , Rating: 2
I agree the market share is the better number but Microsoft likes to tout its download numbers so as a competitor Mozilla is somewhat justified in announcing its own milestones in related areas to show it's investors that it is also competitive.

By arazok on 9/11/2007 11:29:25 PM , Rating: 1
I thought MS was an evil monopoly abusing it's power and making it impossible for other browsers to get a foot hold in the market?

I'm so confused...

RE: Anti-Trust?
By TheGreek on 9/18/2007 2:38:09 PM , Rating: 2
That picture should clear you mind of everything except the main priorities.

Both of them.

Google Desktop is not a browser
By MADAOO7 on 9/12/2007 2:16:26 AM , Rating: 2
Uh, since when is Google Desktop a browser? When I click the Google desktop tray icon Firefox starts.

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