Firefox overtakes Microsoft’s IE and Edge browsers globally for the first time


According to a new report from analytic company StatCounter, Mozilla’s Firefox browser has overtaken Edge and Internet Explorer in terms of desktop internet usage. The report from StatCounter shows that Firefox narrowly got past Internet Explorer and Edge with 15.6 percent desktop browser usage, compared to just 15.5 percent for Microsoft, placing the former browser giant in third place. The Chrome browser still takes the lead with more than 60 percent share, leading Firefox, IE and Edge, China’s UC Browser, Safari, Opera and many others.


Browser usage stats

“Microsoft might have expected a boost to its overall browser share as the result of the launch of the Windows 10 with Edge but it hasn’t happened to date,” said Aodhan Cullen, CEO at StatCounter. “Chrome has continued to gain share globally.”

Although Microsoft’s browsers might have lost in browser usage stats, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still the overall king in terms of actual user numbers, Net Applications data shows that the Internet Explorer alone has 44 percent market share.


Internet Explorer has a higher market share

Few weeks ago Chrome browser took the lead as the most used desktop browser followed by Microsoft’s internet explorer. Chrome still remains king but this time followed by Mozilla’s Firefox browser, this will be a notable milestone for Firefox.

StatCounter is a web traffic analysis tool. Access to basic services is free and advanced services can cost between US$5 and US$119 a month. The company is based in Dublin. The statistics from StatCounter are used to compute web usage share for example. StatCounter is used on 3% of all websites. StatCounter statistics are directly derived from hits (not unique visitors) from 3 million sites using StatCounter totaling more than 15 billion hits per month. No artificial weightings are used to correct for sampling bias, thus the numbers in the statistics can not be considered representative.

The company was founded by Aodhan Cullen at the age of 16. He remains the CEO of StatCounter. Cullen received the “Internet Hero” award at the 2008 Eircom Golden Spider Awards. He was also named the 2007 BusinessWeek Young European Entrepreneur of the Year.

Firefox is a free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation. Firefox was created in 2002, under the name “Phoenix” by the Mozilla community members who wanted a standalone browser rather than the Mozilla Application Suite bundle. Even during its beta phase, Firefox proved to be popular by its testers and was praised for its speed, security and add-ons compared to Microsoft’s then-dominant Internet Explorer 6. Firefox was released in November 2004, and was highly successful with 60 million downloads within nine months, which was the first time that Internet Explorer’s dominance was challenged.

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