Firefox Users Jump Almost 50% Within One Year
At the beginning of the year, Firefox was used by 9.6% of all Internet users.Â By the end of 2006, Firefox was used by 14% of Internet users, which is a 50% increase in one year.Â Despite releasing a new version of Internet Explorer (IE), Microsoft took a hit in the browser market this past year.Â Internet Explorer marketshare dropped from 85.1% to 79.6%.
Apple Computer Inc.’s Safari browser jumped from 3.1% to 4.2%.Â Opera Web browser grew from 0.6% to 0.9%.Â Lastly, AOL LLC’s Netscape dropped from 1.24% to 0.9%.
In October, Firefox Version 2.0 was released and since then Firefox users have been continuously growing.Â I believe that part of Firefox’s growth is also responsible for Internet Explorer’s application slower load time.Â I noticed that Internet Explorer 7.0 was exceptionally slower than Firefox.Â However, the new build of Internet Explorer definetely has catered to users that prefer tabbed browsing.Â For PC/Mac users that have 2.0 GHz+ processors, I believe that the application load time difference between IE and Firefox may not be as noticeable.
[Source: Computerworld]This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at +AmitChowdhry