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Firefox 3.5 becomes the most popular browser

Internet explorer is a definite winner in the U.S, but in Europe, it was Firefox 3.5 that overtook all others

New York, December 21 -- Mozilla’s Firefox 3.5 has been declared the most popular browser in the world in terms of usage.

The figures are courtesy “Statcounter”, a leading analytics website. It is an invisible web tracker that allows one to get access to important web statistics for free.

As Microsoft and Mozilla collide
Firefox 3.5 has defeated Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 to become the most used web browser on the Internet. According to statistical figures, Firefox 3.5’s share in the global market has increased to 21.9 percent of the total, while Internet Explorer 7 lags behind at 21.2 percent.

However, a closer look at these numbers displays a catch when we realize that Microsoft still rules the roost when it comes to overall earnings in the Web browser market. Internet Explorer 6 is not extinct, and still very popular, and Internet Explorer 8 is gaining momentum fast.

Separately, the total market share of these two is 13.9 percent for Internet Explorer 6 and 20.9 percent for Internet Explorer 8. Thus, when combined, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still is far ahead of others, with a total of 55.4 percent of the global share in its kitty.

Firefox has 32.1 percent of total share in the market when figures for all versions are added up.

Europe prefers Firefox
Internet explorer is a definite winner in the U.S, but in Europe, it was Firefox 3.5 that overtook all others.

Firefox’s popularity in Europe is evident as it overtakes Microsoft by a much larger margin here than in the U.S. It stands with 28.4 percent of the total stake, while Internet Explorer stays at 21.6 percent.

In the U.S., these figures are 21.7 percent for Firefox 3.5, 25 percent for Internet Explorer 8, and 21.8 percent for Internet Explorer 7.

Others in the race
Other browsers in the race were Google’s Chrome which featured at the third place with 5.47 percent of market share. This marginal increase from before can be attributed to the fact that it is compatible with Mac and Linux now.

Next was Apple’s Safari with 3.4 percent of the market share, and Opera with 2.1 percent.

Earlier this month, in another race between web browsers, Google Chrome—known for its speed above all else—lost out to Apple’s Safari where browsing speed is concerned. Chrome had turned out to be twice as fast as Mozilla’s Firefox in this race by Computerworld.