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Mozilla launched a special page in celebration of 1 billion user downloads of its popular Firefox browser.
Mozilla's popular third party browser flexes its muscle

Thanks to a strong release of Firefox 3.5, with millions of copies download in under a day, Mozilla has reached a major landmark in its quest to bring a free third-party full-standards browser to the masses.  Firefox reached 1 billion downloads on Friday.

The impressive figure encompasses all downloads of the browser since its release in 2004.  More interestingly,, an internet research firm, is reporting Firefox to have seized 47.9 percent of the market, jumping ahead of Internet Explorer, which it says has a combined marketshare of 39.4 percent for versions 6, 7, and 8.

More conservative StatCounter, another research firm, puts Mozilla's marketshare at 32 percent, while putting Internet Explorer's at just about 60 percent.  Both firms' figures are suspect due to inherent difficulties in determining true browser marketshare.  Most firms collect metrics from a broad array of sites, but even collecting from as many as 1,000 sites two firms may show great differences in market pictures, due in part to different kinds of user populations for their surveyed sites.  Furthermore, W3School's analysis is mostly of tech-related websites, which are visited more by the kinds of users who would use alternative browsers at a higher rate.

Mozilla does have tough competition for the title of full-standards third-party browser king.  Opera, Google's Chrome, and Apple's Safari all strive for the title.  However, all of these competitors are dwarfed by Mozilla in the PC market, with a mere 5 percent of this total market, according to StatCounter.  Meanwhile Microsoft still enjoys a healthy lead of approximately 60 percent.

Firefox 3.5's popularity comes thanks largely to its strong support of standards.  Like Opera and others, Firefox features support for SVG graphics and other modern standards -- many of which are not supported by Internet Explorer 8's default install.  The browser also features brand new standards such as HTML 5, which is viewed as a possible non-proprietary successor to Adobe's Flash and Microsoft's Silverlight rich web platforms.  HTML 5 features support for videos among other things.

Mozilla, Opera, and others should enjoy a healthy boost overseas if Microsoft's offer to include a ballot screen in Windows 7 is accepted by the EU.  The move, designed to fulfill antitrust compliance, would allow users to pick between IE 8, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, and Safari upon installation of Windows 7.

In honor of the billion dowloads mark, Mozilla has launched a new promotional website  It is also hard at work, preparing iterative updates 3.6 and 3.7, which showcase new themes.  It also is working on Firefox 4.0, which should raise the bar even higher.

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Good news
By dark matter on 8/3/2009 11:26:08 AM , Rating: 2
I will be glad to see the back of IE.

Failing that, I am more than delighted that Mozilla has forced Microsofts hand into producing something semi-reasonable with IE8!

RE: Good news
By FaceMaster on 8/3/2009 11:37:32 AM , Rating: 1
Let's face it, most people here are just fanboys. I honestly can't see much difference between IE and firefox- if anything, IE is probably better since it's more compatible with the lesser known sites on the internet and it doesn't just randomly delete my favourites once in a while (This happened to my parent's PC as well).

It's nice to have a David and Goliath story, but in this case Goliath isn't that bad.

RE: Good news
By Yaos on 8/3/09, Rating: -1
RE: Good news
By Zingam on 8/3/09, Rating: -1
RE: Good news
By Suomynona on 8/3/2009 1:07:45 PM , Rating: 2
IE is more compatible with sites that were hand-designed to work with it's non-standard rendering. That's a result of IE's formerly huge marketshare, not of its superiority.

RE: Good news
By FaceMaster on 9/6/2009 11:39:31 AM , Rating: 2
Jeez, you could at least just say that IE is better in that department. So fr it's like 'Oh I prefer Firefox because they're the underdog! I hate IE because I like coding and it sucks for that!'

Well guess what, I just want to browse the internet with out problems, and IE does it best for me.

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