FF3 Gains Ground on IE

Mozilla Firefox 3 overtook Microsoft’s Internet logosExplorer 6 for the first time in February in the Internet Browser Wars according to monthly data from StatCounter Global Stats – our new free analysis tool.

Internet Explorer 7 continues to lead globally with 41% market share. However, Firefox 3 is now in second place with 24% replacing IE 6.


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“Since its launch less than a year ago, Firefox 3 has attained nearly one quarter of the global market,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO and founder, StatCounter. “IE 7 is consistently holding about 40% of the global market but IE 6 has fallen from 28% in July last to 22% in February this year.”**

The growth in usage of Firefox 3 can be partly attributed to users upgrading to the new version – Firefox 2 market share has fallen from 16% to 3% in the period.

Microsoft’s combined IE 7 and IE 6 market share has fallen from 68% in July last year to 63% now. IE 8 has gained a toehold in the market of just over 1%. Firefox 3 and 2 has grown from 25% in July last to 27% in February 2009.

** Source: Figures based on monthly StatCounter Global Stats analysis.

71 comments on “FF3 Gains Ground on IE

  1. Psychologists should ask their patients if they use IE. Chances are they do, and chances are that is the source of all of their problems. Of course, there are also problems with using Firefox, like getting babes all the time while walking down the street.

  2. Yeh more than 70% of my blog visitors use
    FF3 , and hard 20 % Uses Internet.

    So for sure FF3 will be crossing Explorer Soon.


  3. I think this statistic is wholly susceptible to the market it is collected in. You know you can make stats reveal almost anything you want. I have a site for instance that the demographic is 50+ in age, caucasian males predominant. FF3 barely edges out Safari in my stats and every browser is far surpassed by IE6 and IE7 is even further out there.
    True users would be a head count and FF3 might very well be leading IE6 but considering that FF3 is pretty much a download and the IE’s come with the windows os pkg. they will never surpass. Most people just want to use what they get and most government does not change out.

  4. At first glance I thought the entry was going to say
    FF gaining ground on FG..
    must be reading too many newspapers 🙂

    Never liked Firefox. Very clunky in my view.
    Don’t like tabs – I like everything clear and easy to see what’s been opened, in the way I am used to anyway, like at the bottom of the browser…

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