Firefox Market Share Approaches 13 Percent

According to researchers at OneStat.com, a Web analytics firm, market share for the Mozilla Firefox Web browser jumped to nearly 13 percent this month, an increase of 1.14 percent since May. Meanwhile, market leader Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) saw its market share fall by similar numbers: IE commands 83.05 percent of the Web browser market, down 2.12 percent from May.

"It seems that the global usage share of Mozilla Firefox starts to grow rapidly again after a period of no growth," Niels Brinkman, the cofounder of OneStat.com, said. Firefox's numbers, curiously, are even higher in certain countries. In the United States, for example, Firefox users account for 15.82 percent of all Web traffic, and Firefox usage is a whopping 24.23 percent in Australia, 39.02 percent in Germany, and 20.41 percent in Italy.

In related news, The Mozilla Foundation will officially release the first public beta version of Firefox 2.0 on Tuesday, though the prerelease software is actually available now from FTP sites around the world (see URL below). Firefox 2.0 includes an integrated spell checker, antiphishing functionality, and numerous UI changes. Versions are available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Download Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 for Windows

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