Over 100 Million Users Decide to Download Firefox 4

By Ed Silverstein April 26, 2011

Firefox 4 had 109,470,505 downloads as of Tuesday morning (ET) in just a month after it was introduced.

Industry analysts confirm there has been a lot of interest in Firefox 4 even in its early hours of availability. TechZone360 reported that some 1 million copies of the new browser were downloaded by users in its first three hours of availability.

In reviewing the numbers, Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's community coordinator for Firefox, noted in a recent blog post it was interesting to compare Firefox 4 vs. Internet Explorer 9 in early usage.

“Firefox 4 is already well above the 8 percent mark while IE 9, is right around 3 percent,” Dotzler said.

But even with that impressive number of downloads since the March 22 launch, Computerworld reports that Firefox 4 has not upped Mozilla's “overall share of the browser market.”

Firefox 4's average share for the one-month period was 7.3 percent, Computerworld reports. That is over double the average share for March, Computerworld said. And the share went over 8 percent in the four days before Monday.

Yet, the number of downloads did not change Mozilla's total usage share, Computerworld said.

“StatCounter's data has Firefox – all editions, including Version 4 – down three-tenths of a percentage point so far this month, consistent with the steady decline the browser has suffered since last fall,” Computerworld said.

Firefox 3.6 users have yet to be offered upgrades to Version 4. That will start on May 3.

“All of Firefox 4's gains can be attributed to current users upgrading on their own,” Computerworld said.

TechZone360 points out that among the features found on Firefox 4 are:

* A new tab manager, called “Panorama.”

* An interface which is similar to the minimal design of Chrome.

* GPU acceleration to increase page composition speed.

In addition, TechZone360 reported that Firefox 4 has such new features a JavaScript engine and bookmark syncing. The browser also has an updated plug-in architecture (called JetPack) and comprehensive support for HTML5.

Similar to IE 9, Firefox 4 comes loaded with a “do not track” feature that is designed to ensure Web surfing privacy, TechZone360 said.

Firefox is available in over 70 languages. For downloading, please click here.

Ed Silverstein is a TechZone360 contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

TechZone360 Contributor

Related Articles

Consumer Privacy in the Digital Era: Three Trends to Watch

By: Special Guest    1/18/2018

Digital advertising has exploded in recent years, with the latest eMarketer data forecasting $83 billion in revenue this year and continued growth on …

Read More

CES 2018: Terabit Fiber - Closer Than We Think

By: Doug Mohney    1/17/2018

One of the biggest challenges for 5G and last mile 10 Gig deployments is not raw data speeds, but middle mile and core networks. The wireless industry…

Read More

10 Benefits of Drone-Based Asset Inspections

By: Frank Segarra    1/15/2018

Although a new and emerging technology, (which is still evolving), in early 2018, most companies are not aware of the possible benefits they can achie…

Read More

VR Could Change Entertainment Forever

By: Special Guest    1/11/2018

VR could change everything from how we play video games to how we interact with our friends and family. VR has the power to change how we consume all …

Read More

Making Connections - The Value of Data Correlation

By: Special Guest    1/5/2018

The app economy is upon us, and businesses of all stripes are moving to address it. In this age of digital transformation, businesses rely on applicat…

Read More