Firefox gains at Microsoft's expense

Mozilla's web browser Firefox is becoming increasingly popular, gaining on average an extra 3.1 percent of the market in 32 European countries in the past four months, according to French web monitoring company XiTi Monitor. Since its launch, Firefox has been steadily gaining market share from the dominant browser, Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE). In the first week of July 2006, Firefox had 21.1 percent of the market. In the first week of July 2007, Firefox held 27.8 percent of the European market, according to XiTi Monitor's report.

"It's a nice way to get started on a Monday morning," said Tristan Nitot, president of Mozilla Europe. "I hope we continue to gain market share, as our goal is to promote choice. Monopoly leads to lack of innovation."

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I love all 3 browsers, but firefox has the insane edge with extensions and the simplicity of using them + downloading them. That and the extreme amount of them. Opera has the awesome Speed Dial page, Firefox has Adblock Plus and a few killer others, and IE.... well, loading speed and memory usage and I kinda like its proffesionality and look. Opera uses the least amount of ram on my comp, second with IE, and then ffox eating insane amounts of ram. I end up using firefox 90%, only because of pretty much adblock plus and it supporting some sites that opera doesn't.

IE memory usage probably doesn't show the common components loaded on Windows startup though so in reality it could be higher. Correct me if I'm wrong.

I wish Opera had adopted add-ons similar to Firefox instead of going with the awkward widgets. The ad blocker in Opera could also use some work. It's a good idea (allowing you to click what you want to block instead of right clicking on every ad and editing the rule) but the problem is that it doesn't seem to work with things like iframes, flash ads etc. Hopefully the upcoming 9.5 version will bring improvements in this area, considering it's supposed to be a UI/feature improvement type thing instead of just bug- and compatibility fixes.

LaXu said,
IE memory usage probably doesn't show the common components loaded on Windows startup though so in reality it could be higher. Correct me if I'm wrong.

yes you are wrong, as of ie7 the windows shell (explorer) and internet explorer are two completely different things. All the controls IE uses must be loaded into it's process space and therefore show up when you look at the memory usage

Who cares!!!

Do we seriously need to keep reposting the same story over and over and over.
We get it Firefox good, IE bad.

Give it a rest.

lol, you are funny, before Firefox era, if there would be message "there is a hole/exploit in IE" ... plenty of people would start topic or post message about "IE sucks, use Firefox, it's very secure and other blah blah blah"
now the same happens to Firefox, but it seems that Firefox users are as blind as IE users were in the past ...

IE: more evil
Firefox: less evil
Opera: no evil ... choose yourself

It doesn't matter much at all. There was a time when Netscape had a 95% share, big deal. I like FF, but wow, I have to hit refresh alot because the pages don't always fill.

justlooking said,
It doesn't matter much at all. There was a time when Netscape had a 95% share, big deal. I like FF, but wow, I have to hit refresh alot because the pages don't always fill.

That's probably more a problem with your ISP or with the websites ypu're trying to load. I've never had a real problem with FF.

Hmm. I'm using IE7, my favorite browser, but Firefox is nice too. Maybe I'll switch back to Firefox when version 3 comes out.

firefox and opera are both awesome but ie stinks,safari is getting there but it needs the ability to change the ugly skin to something with more color like what firefox can do.true the firefox memory usage is huge but if you got tons of memory lowering it helps,that memory=caching thing doesent make sense,maybe in v3 it will,opera is very good with resources,ie is terrible if i could remove ie i would but i cant without crippling windows.

After working as web developer for almost two month. I hate IE 6 (completely) and IE 7 (By 95 per cents). From this list: Safari/Opera/FireFox/IE, we could remove only IE.

That's all I want to say. And the competition like always, makes more options. Sometimes it's good and sometimes it's bad, in this case it's more good than bad thing.

I completely agree. I'm honestly thinking of totally stopping any support for IE6. In fact I will do that when I upgrade to Vista (and IE7). On any website I make after that IE6 users will just get a "sod off and get a better browser" message. I'm totally tired of writing fixes and hacks for that POS.

IE7 desperately needs improvements too. I would kill for decent Javascript error messages. "Syntax error" on non-existing line 1 character 36 is pretty annoying to track.

Ugh! It's a browser. Competition is good. Not my favorite browser though. In fact, it's my least favorite.

But, to each his own and whatever floats your boat!!

FF is the best! once I tried it I've never gone back. I like flexibility and FF gives you just that with their extensions.

using firefox the extensions its a good plus, i could make a browser have features that others browsers got like fission, showcase, speed dial, safari inline search among others things

eilegz said,
using firefox the extensions its a good plus, i could make a browser have features that others browsers got like fission, showcase, speed dial, safari inline search among others things
Having more than several extensions may slow down Firefox and ruin the browsing experience.

yeah thats a cons of this but i got used to it, i mean i used to use netscape 4.7 and old mozilla suite which its very slow in loading but it was stable.

now ie7 for xp it feel sluggish (but in vista it run very fast)

I never know who to believe when reading things like this as it seems every browser sees 'increased market share' depending who the source is!

Samboini said,
I never know who to believe when reading things like this as it seems every browser sees 'increased market share' depending who the source is!
Seems like more people are starting to experiment with multiple alternative browsers.

its cool how popular this open source software is becoming.
firefox almost has a 30% market share, and now linux distros like ubunto are becoming increasingly popular.

magik said,
Kudos! I just wish they could plug those darn memory leaks. :)

It's not a memory leak, it's just caching your web pages in memory so they can be reloaded faster.

Monopoly leads to lack of innovation.

So true, if it had not been for Firefox, IE7 would not of happened so quickly or been available for Windows XP.

nezermundy said,


You're right. But because FF is standards non-compliant, the more this plague spreads the more it slows down data-driven innovations in web. When FF was 2% I could happily make my standards-based XML web sites and not mind FF's proprietary plague. Now I cannot. Bye-bye innovation.

RealFduch said,

You're right. But because FF is standards non-compliant, the more this plague spreads the more it slows down data-driven innovations in web. When FF was 2% I could happily make my standards-based XML web sites and not mind FF's proprietary plague. Now I cannot. Bye-bye innovation.

RealFduch said,

You're right. But because FF is standards non-compliant, the more this plague spreads the more it slows down data-driven innovations in web. When FF was 2% I could happily make my standards-based XML web sites and not mind FF's proprietary plague. Now I cannot. Bye-bye innovation.
I feel your pain.

RealFduch said,

You're right. But because FF is standards non-compliant, the more this plague spreads the more it slows down data-driven innovations in web. When FF was 2% I could happily make my standards-based XML web sites and not mind FF's proprietary plague. Now I cannot. Bye-bye innovation.

Huh? FF isn't perfect, but it's a lot more standards compliant than IE6, which is what the majority would have been using when FF was at 2%.

RealFduch said,

You're right. But because FF is standards non-compliant, the more this plague spreads the more it slows down data-driven innovations in web. When FF was 2% I could happily make my standards-based XML web sites and not mind FF's proprietary plague. Now I cannot. Bye-bye innovation.


http://www.webdevout.net/browser-support-summary

looks to me like it's the most standards compliant (win) browser out there, opera a close second.

safari has major problems before people start throwing that in, and firefox 3 alphas pass the acid2 test for those that care about that.

For Vista though, IE7 is slightly more secure, especially w/ IE7 Pro. Will go back to FF once Protected Mode is supported.

They said for v3, but I doubt it.