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22 December 2009, 09:45

Firefox 3.5 edges out IE7 in browser statistics

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Zoom StatCounter's numbers show Firefox 3.5 beating IE7 by a narrow margin
According to StatCounter, Firefox 3.5 is the most used browser version, narrowly beating Internet Explorer 7. The statistic comes from the company's data gathered from over three million sites and broken down by browser version. Firefox 3.5 has 21.93 per cent of browser use, followed closely by Microsoft's IE7 at 21.2 per cent, IE8 at 20.33 per cent and IE6 at 13.89 per cent. In total, all versions of Internet Explorer have 55.44 per cent, while Mozilla's browser versions, including Firefox 3.0, 2.0 and other versions, have 32.12 per cent of the usage share.

Firefox 3.5's lead may be transient though. The statistics show that IE7's use has been dropping as IE8's use is increasing and that share for each version has almost converged. It is reasonable to assume that in the coming weeks, IE8's use will increase, taking it ahead of Firefox 3.5, which itself will be usurped by the release of Firefox 3.6. IE's overall share has been diminishing, falling from 68.37 per cent a year ago to the current 55.4 per cent, and Firefox has risen from 24.83 per cent a year ago to the current 32.12 per cent, but there is still a 23 per cent difference between the two browser families.


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