Mozilla: Firefox reaches 2 million downloads in 24 hours

Mozilla recently posted that just 24 hours after releasing Firefox 2.0 (reported by Neowin here) to the public on 24th October, 2 million people downloaded it - that is 30 downloads a second. To compare this figure with Microsoft's IE7 release of only half a million downloads in the first 24 hours, it becomes clear there is a active community that follows Mozilla and anticipates new versions.

Looking back on previous Firefox milestone releases:

  • Firefox 1.0: 1 million downloads in the first 24 hours.
  • Firefox 1.5: 1.5 million downloads in the first 24 hours
  • Firefox 2: 2 million (actually slightly more) people using Firefox 2 in the first 24 hours.
"Maybe we should jump straight to Firefox 10 and see if we get 10 million users in the first 24 hours."

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Downloaded both, not surprised FF had more downloads, it's as easy as a single click and save as. People already on FF would update anyway, I'm pretty sure users who're regularly on IE don't even know IE7 was out, I'm talking about the reaallly casual user who never ever download a piece of software to use, like some of the friends I know that wouldn't bother using opera or firefox and still stick with IE6.

There's also those who're anti-ms than a firefox fan =P

Looking back on previous Firefox milestone releases:

* Firefox 1.0: 1 million downloads in the first 24 hours.
* Firefox 1.5: 1.5 million downloads in the first 24 hours
* Firefox 2: 2 million (actually slightly more) people using Firefox 2 in the first 24 hours.

figures seem just a tad suspect...

It's a well established fact that Firefox's usage share has been increasing, so that makes me wonder what's suspect here?

That their numbers just happen to coincide with their version numbers? LOL

Quote - Jugalator said @ #51.1
It's a well established fact that Firefox's usage share has been increasing, so that makes me wonder what's suspect here?

That their numbers just happen to coincide with their version numbers? LOL

That seems to be the exact thing he's claiming is suspect. It does seem pretty coincidental, I have to say...

Everything about Firefox and Mozilla gets people talking and shouting. Even the download count. Life is more than this. Oh well...

Have to be honest here. Since switching to Linux, I have learned to like Firefox even more than Opera. In fact, just removed Opera from my second machine. 5 more to go! Opera just seems to hekry-jerky anymore. Nothing SMOOTH about it at all.

Still don't like Firefox on Windows though. As herky-jerky as Opera is in Windows too, I still prefer it over Firefox there.

Use Seamonkey as my browser of choice in Zenwalk 3.0 though!

when comparing FF to IE, I have one thing to say that makes FF better than IE and this is something that NO ONE can deny:

W3C Standards Compliancy. FF is, and IE isn't, enough said.

Okay, I will deny it. FF is not yet 'fully standards compliant', even if it is a lot better than IE. Nothing is completely 'standards compliant', and stop spreading that myth. Afaik, Opera comes closest at the moment.

"To compare this figure with Microsoft's IE7 release of only half a million downloads in the first 24 hours"

This reminds me of the episode of Futurama where Richard Nixon becomes Earth President.

News anchor: "Nixon has zero votes...and the robot vote is open...and the robot vote has closed...Nixon wins the election!"

Same thing will happen when IE is rolled out to hundreds of millions of machines as a "critical security update". Firefox: 3 million. IE: 300 million!

Firefox users have some kind of trauma with iexplorer, IMHO if firefox is all but popular is fine, but some people think that firefox must be popular and rules over the universe. Why?. i don't known.


THAT is not 30 downloads a second - liars!

30 downloads a second = 30*60*60*24 - 2.6 million
2 million downloads in 24 hours = 3000000/24/60/60 = 23 downloads a second!

Go to maths class haha!

Quote - SeBsZ said @ #56
THAT is not 30 downloads a second - liars!

30 downloads a second = 30*60*60*24 - 2.6 million
2 million downloads in 24 hours = 3000000/24/60/60 = 23 downloads a second!

Go to maths class haha!


LMAO!

Alright, I've got a dig - why is Shaw sending me emails reading "In partnership with Microsoft, Shaw is pleased to provide Microsoft Windows XP customers with Internet Explorer 7 at no additional charge." ... Were they paid off?

I used IE 7 and then when FF2 Shipped I decided to try it again. I love FF again and once again have jumped back off on M$ Bandwagon

Yep, after about thirty minutes of surfing w/IE7 and my first random crash of Neowin, went back to the Fox. I actually like the clean interface in IE7, but I just need my extensions... excuse me, now called add-ons

well everyone who had firefox have updated and now no one will be doinloadin git, while ie numbers will climb sky high

All IE7 needs it All-In-One-Mouse Gestures and tabMix Plus and maybe a gmail notifier otherwise im sticking to FFox although i admit im using IE7 more and more now, its just not there yet

I downloaded FF2 several times so I think the 2 million downloads is very inaccurate or does not really reflect anything that matters. I like the spell check feature, besides that, there's no major improvements that are noticable over FF1.5. I would've love a voice/speech add-on like in Opera, or an Opera Tab extension. I love that feature in Opera, great for having an article being read out loud as I work on other things. I hope the Tab Mix Plus author makes it FF2 compatible soon or else I'll have to switch back to FF1.5. Like many others, FF2 is annoying to me without TMP.

@CrisCross
If you want to use IE, you'll have to go with AvantBrowser or Maxthon. There's no way MS will catch up with those two in terms of features.

URRAY FOR OPERA!!!!
Seriously, before I tried opera I was a firefox user, after start using opera... Not a chance going back to FF.

hahaha look at all these clowns. firefox users saying "if you dont like it dont comment on it" hahahahaha
but they are the same clowns that post in IE release posts saying how crap it is. Fanboys need to all join in on the game of drink all the stuff under the bathroom sink.

Quote - thagame said @ #66
hahaha look at all these clowns. firefox users saying "if you dont like it dont comment on it" hahahahaha
but they are the same clowns that post in IE release posts saying how crap it is. Fanboys need to all join in on the game of drink all the stuff under the bathroom sink.

IE is a flawed development, and it has been for many years now. With each new release, it is more flawed than its predecessor. I loaded up IE7 and it responds even slower than IE6, on the same machine, and installation of Windows, I can install a variety of different web browsers, including but not limited to Opera, Firefox 1.5, and Firefox 2.0, and everything responds very quickly and rendering is very smoothly. I know it's not my system, a friend of mine with a lot better system than I have has told me IE7 responds and renders very slow for him as well.

The only thing Mozilla is good for on the Windows side was getting Microsoft to push out a new version of the most popular* web browser so I can enjoy IE7 faster.... FF won't touch my PC.

*Popularity when looking at # of Users

Although I will admit, FF is a godsend on the Mac. See ya later, Safari *shudder*

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