Monday, September 17, 2007

Firefox gets 400 million downloads

Although microsoft still leads the web browser market with 63.9 percent share but Firefox is slowly and steadily gaining ground with about 20 percent.

Mozilla has announced that its open source free browser has attained 400 million downloads. This is a big feather in the cap for Firefox, which launched only three years ago in 2004.

Since then there were impressive successes. One year after its launch in 2005, Firefox achieved 100 million downloads and in 2006 it hit the 200 million mark. And the latest figure is the 400 million mark.

In message posted on its website Spread Firefox, the company thanks its users. "Today, you all have done it once again. With your amazing efforts, Firefox has reached 400 million downloads and demonstrated that not even the world's most powerful companies can keep people from a better, safer, and faster Web experience."

"You all, the grass roots and the heart of the Firefox movement, have helped hundreds of millions of people find that better, safer, and faster Web."

"Thank you for building this movement. Thank you for helping Firefox to deliver on the great promises of the Web. On behalf of the hundreds of millions of Firefox users, thank you for all that you have done in just three short years."

I used to utilize Internet Explorer 7 and totally ignored Firefox. But at the insistence of my good old pal Mark, I downloaded Mozilla Firefox to try. Much to my pleasant surprise, I found that this incredible browser is very, very fast and easy to use with so many choices of add-ons and plugins.

Now I'm totally hooked on it and look forward to a more delightful web surfing experience. That must have been the wonderful experience of the 400 million Firefox users too.

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