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Mozilla FireFox surges ahead


Having cleared the 400 million mark in the number of downloads, Mozilla FireFox, the free Web browser and the best competitor to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, is also seeing increased market share in Europe.

A snip from the article at TechWorld:

The free Firefox Web browser, which is distributed by Mozilla, has a 28-percent share of the European market, according to a report released in July by French web analytics company, XiTi Monitor. Hungary has seen the most dramatic increase in Firefox use, from 27.2 percent in the March 2007 survey to nearly 40 percent in July. At a global level, Mozilla has around 15 percent of the market, with South America seeing the biggest increase.

Along with this is the news of screen shots of 'Places Organizer' (PC World), the feature debuting in FireFox 3.0 that allows users to better manage bookmarks and saved pages. The feature is supported over a database, which makes it easy for user to retrieve data.

One interesting statistic that came to light was that half of those who download Firefox never actually install the application (VNUnet). Is it more about people not getting over "clicking the blue 'e' syndrome"?

11 comments
pr.arun
pr.arun

What mysterious factors do you think make people download Mozilla FireFox but still not run the application?

blarman
blarman

There are two reasons I could see why people may not use FireFox: the clash between the "default browser" settings and the fact that there are some websites and SaaS that rely on browser plugins that only exist for IE. While I despise sites that explicitly code for Internet Explorer, they exist. I personally love Firefox and have been using it for over 5 years. It is consistently faster than IE and I love the treasure trove of useful plugins for security (No-Script, Ad-Block) and web-development (FireBug), among many others. I have been showing it to others and they similarly enjoy it. It is also of note that many people really don't understand or distinguish between "the Internet" and the browser you use to access the Internet. I have had many a conversation trying to explain this concept.

Inkling
Inkling

it quite a large number of times to put on a CD (along with other apps, anti-spyware, etc.) to give to friends and family members that I know wouldn't go find it for themselves. I know some of them never installed it.

stormbringerPA
stormbringerPA

The average user at my company can download, but can't install. (We asked for and got permission to load FF for my team, but I have to load it for my colleagues.)

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

We don't allow it here; we have some ColdFusion -based apps that don't display well with it. While we have a specific reason for not installing FF, we don't allow the average user rights to install anything else either.

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

This is probably a vast majority of the non installs, not the right permissions...

RS9
RS9

I downloaded it and sat on it for 2 weeks! I was concerned that my M$ XP-Pro would do something nasty to my workstation (Some weired never to be found body slam) for committing this FF heresy! This says much about my feelings towards M$! After I mustered the brazenness to finally commit the heresy (Verified my backup) I did it. And lo! Compared to IE, it was nicer looking, but NONE of the features I had come to use in IE were there! Oh No! This was terrible, Now what... Try forever to get it out of my system? Then I played with it for a while and discovered "Extensions" & "Themes"! Hey, wait a minute, I can add all the things I want? and within 20 minutes, had every feature I ever wanted and more, and Oh, so easy to download and install, Basically, 1 button! I get it! Then I discovered "Themes" and went right over the edge. By-By IE! Hello FF!! Mozilla needs to bring this info up in a new downloaders face right away after a new install. Remember, IE users have been brainwashed into accepting what M$ gives us, nothing more! So I expected what I was given by M$. A new FF install is a stripped bare (nearly no features) install. Mozilla needs to tell new users "This is where it starts"! NOT this is all you get...(IE) FF Forever!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

The same factors that make people send a job to the printer but not pick up the output. Maybe they download several things at once and forget they pulled it down. Maybe they visit sites that are IE-centric and don't display well in FF. Or maybe they tried it and just didn't like it.

links
links

And I'm just guessing from what I have seen most of my friends do...they have no idea what they have downloaded and think it might destroy their PC somehow or on the other hand they might think that anything not signed and sealed by Microsoft is not worth having... LTO4

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

They were interested at some point. If they were lazy, they wouldn't bother seeking out a download site or initiating the download (or queuing the print job). I don't have an alternative reason; I just don't think it's laziness.

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

Often people may download something, and then never install it because they hear something about it, dont trust it (who can trust many SW packages today), or think that it may 'break' something. Since they already have a browser, they are probably not eager to get another. I have downloaded many things that I never put to use over the years. But overall, it is probably a lot to do with laziness (like Palmetto's printer woes)