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#38981 - 11/02/04 11:33 AM Study: Firefox still gaining on Internet Explorer
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Alternative Web browsers Mozilla and Firefox experienced another month of growth at the expense of Microsoft's dominant Internet Explorer, according to an online study.

The percentage of Americans using Mozilla and Firefox, two open-source browsers funded by the Mozilla Foundation, grew to 6 percent in October from 5.2 percent in September and 3.5 percent in June. That 6 percent was split evenly between the two browsers.

While Microsoft's IE continued as the overwhelming market leader, it witnessed another marginal decline, this time a dip of 0.8 percent. IE claimed 95.5 percent of users in June, 93.7 percent in September, and 92.9 percent last month. The Opera browser and Apple Computer's Safari combined reached just more than 1 percent of users.

WebSideStory measures market share by embedding sensors on major Web sites for the Walt Disney Internet Group, Best Buy, Sony, DaimlerChrysler and Liz Claiborne. These sensors can tell which browsers visitors are using to view the sites.

In the big picture, Mozilla and Firefox are specks of dust compared with the near-ubiquity of Internet Explorer. But given IE's fifth consecutive month of decline and Mozilla/Firefox's fifth consecutive month of growth, analysts are beginning to wonder whether and when the shift will stop.

"What we're seeing is (Mozilla and Firefox) looking more like a vanguard than a flash in a pan," said Geoff Johnston, an analyst at WebSideStory.

The study comes just ahead of Firefox's official release on Nov. 9. The browser, based on Mozilla's open-source code, has experienced a surprising surge in popularity, reaching 5 million downloads two weeks ago, then later passing 7 million.

Last weekend, the Mozilla Foundation said the project has raised more than $250,000 during its 10-day donation drive. The money will be spent to promote Firefox 1.0's release. Developers working on Firefox hope the software will reach 10 percent U.S. penetration by the end of 2005.

Firefox may continue to show gains, but the software could reach a ceiling, according to WebSideStory's Johnston. Most of its users are technology-proficient early adopters rather than average Web surfers. "(Firefox) hasn't gotten to mainstream," he said.

Source: CNET News
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#38982 - 11/03/04 06:54 AM Re: Study: Firefox still gaining on Internet Explorer
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UGN Stats :
IE - 54.6 %
FireFox - 9.4 %
Mozilla - 2.8 %
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#38983 - 11/04/04 01:14 AM Re: Study: Firefox still gaining on Internet Explorer
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heheh fireFox is gaining some decent %
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#38984 - 11/04/04 02:11 PM Re: Study: Firefox still gaining on Internet Explorer
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IE - 49 %
FireFox - 8.3 %
Mozilla - 2.3 %


Heh, at least IE users are getting a clue; too bad they're not going FireFox yet
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#38985 - 11/04/04 09:23 PM Re: Study: Firefox still gaining on Internet Explorer
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i dont care aslong as IE starts loosing market share big time, if that happenes, i am happy.

I garantee microsoft will come with one of there great "features" soon and users will go back to IE.
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#38986 - 11/04/04 11:09 PM Re: Study: Firefox still gaining on Internet Explorer
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My problem is IE is habit. I installed Firefox but I still hit the IE Icon. Maybe I should just take it off the desktop....
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#38987 - 11/05/04 02:04 AM Re: Study: Firefox still gaining on Internet Explorer
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Every single system I build for a client and every single computer I work on, I am sure to install atleast FireFox and Thunderbird and set them up for the users.

Most users love its speed and get the hang of using both applications right away. Especially when I let them know about popup blocking, tabs, safe from multitude of exploits, etc.

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#38988 - 11/05/04 04:41 AM Re: Study: Firefox still gaining on Internet Explorer
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I am seeing many mindless net surfers I know switching. It is odly the simple things they love. As you said John, the tab browsing, pop_up blocking, the google search built in. But that is just the tip of this mountain.
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#38989 - 11/05/04 05:38 AM Re: Study: Firefox still gaining on Internet Explorer
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Originally posted by Damn_Noob:
My problem is IE is habit. I installed Firefox but I still hit the IE Icon. Maybe I should just take it off the desktop....
I replaced the icon with the mozilla icon to get it to be habitual; I also set firefox to be my default browser.

I don't think that IE will ever regain what their loosing due to the features IE refuses to use and what Mozilla puts in their products...
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#38990 - 11/06/04 02:56 AM Re: Study: Firefox still gaining on Internet Explorer
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Umm not to mention IE is like swiss cheese when it comes to security holes. Nothing that surfs the web in so many protocols should be that tied into the OS. For one the browser i think should NEVER have rights to edit the registry. Now should it be able to create hidden files on your system. Damn Cool web search
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#38991 - 11/06/04 06:57 AM Re: Study: Firefox still gaining on Internet Explorer
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I made the switch today, no more IE Icon on my desktop, and I made Firefox my default. I also Loaded Mozilla onto my linux box. And it was actually because I went to a site containing some sensitive veiwing, it was research I swear , anyway, I close IE and go do dome things, when I came back to the comp and opened IE I had 2 new search bars and pop-ups flowing like the old days on AOL.
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