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Firefox Marks 100M Downloads
October 20, 2005
RED HERRING: In less than a year after its launch, the Firefox browser has already clocked 100 million downloads, browser development officials said Thursday, marking a milestone that solidifies Firefox’s No. 2 position after Microsoft’s dominant Internet Explorer.
Firefox, which launched in November 2004, has now logged more than 45 million users, said the Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit group that oversees the browser’s development. That gives Firefox a 7.6 percent share of the browser market, according to September figures from Net Applications, a very distant second to IE’s 86.9 percent share.
Nevertheless, Firefox has managed to become the closest competitor to Microsoft since the
Reaching the 100-million download mark is important for Firefox, analysts said, because typically a greater market share means developers will design and support more programs for Firefox.
“Now the company is in a position to go back and reclaim territory captured long ago,” said Joe Wilcox, an analyst for Jupiter Research. “That said, I don’t doubt IE’s dominance. You can fire a pop gun at a tank, but at some point you have to get out of the way.”
Indeed, there are already reports that growth in the Firefox browser may be slowing down. Net Applications said the browser’s market share has been declining slightly since June, when it reached a peak of 8.7 percent. IE’s share, meanwhile, has continued to grow.
September Browser Market Share
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Source: Net Applications’ HitsLink
Asa Dotzler, Mozilla’s community coordinator, disputed reports of shrinking market share. Mozilla continues to see about 200,000 to 300,000 downloads of the browser every day, he said.
“Our download count and the number of users we see are on a steady upward trend,” Mr. Dotzler said. “Metrics that don’t fit that trend are too short term or use too restrictive a sample to give an accurate picture.”
Whatever the case may be, it’s true that Firefox has struggled to compete with IE. Microsoft enjoys a huge advantage as it’s able to bundle IE with its Windows, the world’s most widely used operating system.
Firefox has grown rapidly in a different way. The browser has been built using an open-source model, harnessing a community of more than 100,000 Firefox developers, testers, and marketers. Mozilla does little advertising, relying on word of mouth to spread the product. The company says its browser is faster and more secure than competitors.
Mr. Dotzler argues that Firefox’s success also comes from shaking up the once stagnant browser space.
“For years, nothing happened on the on the browser landscape,” he said. “Then Firefox came along, stirred things up and reignited competition in the space.”
One competitor has come from
Mindful of the competition, Mountain View, California-based Mozilla over the next few months is planning marketing events aimed at increasing Firefox’s visibility. Among the plans are media campaigns including featuring Firefox T-shirts in upcoming episodes of Supernatural on the Warner Bros channel.
Mozilla also has some less traditional publicity events planned. A balloon satellite is scheduled to take a large Firefox banner into space on October 22 with help of the Oregon State Linux Users Group and the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium.
“When you get away from existing technology centers, you find there are people who have still not heard of Firefox,” said Mike Shaver, chief technology strategist for Mozilla. “We want to show the world that we are going to be as creative about marketing and distribution as we have been about our code.”
Friday, October 21, 2005
Super 'Firefox' Previewed
The preview, or V0.5, can do a lot of things that Fireferret can’t. It has a lot of automated controls and there is no need to move your favourite sites into folders to manage and manage them. You can also add tags to favorites at the touch of a button.
Monday, October 10, 2005
Browser Share IE Up Firefox Down
Staff Writer | 2005-10-10
The analytics firm NetApplications has released its September 2005 numbers, and Firefox has declined in share for the second time this year.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer edged up just a tiny bit in September, while the Mac-only Safari browser and the newest Netscape product had small gains as well. The big news is Firefox has dropped in share.
It had been thought that summer vacations, where people spent time away from their computers, contributed to Firefox's July decline as its share nudged up slightly in August.
Now that more computers have come online as students head back to school, it looks like those new Dell and Apple users have stuck with their system default browsers instead of grabbing a copy of Firefox.
Firefox dropped from 8.27 percent to 7.55 percent share, while IE gained 0.55 to 86.87 percent. Safari edged to 2.39 from 2.20 percent and Netscape ticked up a bit to 2.16 from 2.02 percent itself.
Opera dropped a bit from 0.62 percent to 0.51. That company's excellent free ad-supported browser has been supplanted with an ad-free version, thanks to deal with Google, Amazon, and eBay for prime placement within the browser's search functions. "
Sunday, October 09, 2005
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Friday, October 07, 2005
Google formally declares war on Microsoft
By Nick Farrell: Thursday 06 October 2005, 07:05
Google has confirmed that it will launch free spreadsheet and word-processing software online and take on Microsoft in one of its biggest markets.
Under the deal, Google will allow web users to access Sun's OpenOffice from a toolbar.
The other day, when Sun's Scott McNealy and his former employee now Google chief Eric Schmidt met up, Sun was wary about doing that.
When asked point blank, McNealy said it was something to be investigated. However Sun's Australian spokesman Paul O'Connor was a little more forthright about the deal which he said was 'huge'.
He bubbled that the deal was a wake-up call for Microsoft.
'At the moment most people are used to having to pay for software packages, but at the end of the day, the value is in the content and services – not in the software itself,' he said.