Browser wars: Firefox 3.5 beats Internet Explorer 7
We know that Firefox’s market share has been steadily increasing, but an interesting statistic from a leading web stats company (StatCounter) shows that Firefox 3.5 has overtaken Internet Explorer 7 for the first time.
Results vary from continent to continent, with Firefox being a lot more popular in Europe than North America, for example.
The complete Internet Explorer collection still significantly outranks Firefox. IE6 alone is still in use by nearly one in six users.
I decided to take a look at a couple of our websites.
Firstly, Forever Geek, which you’d expect to be frequented by a more tech-savvy crowd, confirmed my belief.
Last month, Firefox overall had 50% visitor share, compared to Internet Explorer’s 30%, while in November ’08, IE had been sitting with 35% and FF still at 50%.
Moving to a site concerned with celebrity gossip, and likely to be frequented by a wider range of users, I found that IE took at 46% share compared to FF on 35%.
Again, Firefox had held its 35% share since November ’08, whereas IE had slipped from 51%.
Not particularly scientific, I grant you, but it’s interesting that in both cases, Microsoft’s browser has slipped five percentage points, while Mozilla’s baby has held its share.
There are a few more interesting numbers for those who enjoy this sort of thing.