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Firefox nears 30% share in Europe

Mozilla Firefox versus Microsoft IE battle heats up

Mozilla's Firefox browser continues to eat into Internet Explorer’s share of the browser market – now accounting for 27.8 percent of browsers used in Europe, an increase of 3.6 percentage points from the March measurement.

That’s according to data from XiTiMonitor, which says that Firefox now enjoys a market share nearly 50 percent higher than in the US.

XiTiMonitor's survey of almost 96,000 sites in 32 European countries -- from Ireland to Ukraine, Finland to Greece -- also said Microsoft's Internet Explorer held a 66.5 percent market share, with Opera, Safari and Netscape rounding out the top five with 3.5 percent, 1.7 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively.

Slovenia, Finland and Slovakia had the greatest Firefox penetration, with the open-source browser accounting for 47.9 percent, 45.4 percent and 40.4 percent, respectively, during a week-long stretch from July 2 to July 8. Other Firefox strongholds include Germany (38 percent), Poland (39.6 percent) and Ireland (38.6 percent).

By XiTiMonitor's tally, Firefox's North American market share was pegged at 18.7 percent, higher even than the worldwide number set by US-based metric vendors. Net Applications, for instance, put Firefox's June global market share at 14.55 percent, which was off more than half a percentage point from March. XiTiMonitor, meanwhile, claimed that Firefox's share had climbed in every region.

SpreadFirefox, Mozilla's community marketing programme, wasted no time in posting XiTiMonitor's numbers.

See also:

Browser face-off: Firefox versus Internet Explorer

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