Firefox 4 surpasses 100 million downloads
According to Mozilla's Download Stats web page, the latest major release of the open source Firefox web browser, version 4.0, has surpassed 100 million downloads in just over one month. At the time of this posting, Europe has accounted for over 40.36 million (38.1%) of those downloads, followed by North America at 31.12 million (29.4%) and Asia at approximately 21.2 million (20%). South America comes in at 7.94 million (7.5%), Africa totals 3.27 million (3.1%) and Oceania trails at just 1.82 million (1.7%), for a total of more than 106.02 million downloads.
After its release on 22 March, Firefox 4 approached 7 million downloads after less than 24 hours, more than three times the rate at which Internet Explorer 9 was downloaded in the first 24 hours after its release. Based on the latest Gecko rendering platform, Firefox 4.0 boasts a streamlined user interface and support for various HTML5 features. Other new features include Panorama, a new way to manage multiple tabs; app tabs, smaller persistent tabs for frequently used web applications; Sync, a web-based bookmarks (and more) synchronisation service; and, an integrated web developer console.
For more about Firefox 4, see "What's new in Firefox 4.0" from The H Open.
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