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Firefox 3.0 Takes Lead in Europe

Category: Internet
Posted: April 1, 2009 04:09PM
Author: cold_snipe

For the first time, Firefox 3.0 has become the most popular web browser in Europe. Last week it overtook Internet Explorer 7.0 in popularity, by about half of a percent. However, these results are a bit misleading; if you consider all versions of Internet Explorer against all Firefox releases, Microsoft's option comes out on top. Only when you break the charts down into versions does Firefox win.
Globally Firefox 3.0 not only lags ten percent behind Internet Explorer 7.0, but even the earlier version, IE 6.0 has a three percent lead in usage. These results might gradually change after the release of Windows 7, which gives users the option to completely disable Internet Explorer.



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DLS2008 on April 1, 2009 05:40PM
The European Union has made IE optional... I think it would be easier to include IE and allow users to download what they want. Without a browser pre-installed, you have to have another way to get a browser.
cold_snipe on April 1, 2009 05:47PM
Like what theyre doing in Win7? Do you think the EU will leave Win7 as-is with the disable-able IE8? They could always just include wget and a few links to popular browsers.
Zertz on April 1, 2009 07:48PM
It will probably still install by default, except we will be able to actually uninstall it unlike now
ClayMeow on April 2, 2009 08:20AM
Yeah, obviously MS has to still allow it to install by default because not everyone is going to save the firefox install program to a USB drive...they're going to need to browse to download that, or any other browser. The real gutsy move would be including firefox, opera, chrome and safari installers with Win7 and allowing the person to chose the browser of their choice. Never going to happen though. lol

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