Mozilla, which makes Firefox Browser 4, has launched a page tracking the number of downloads it has had since launch, and as of the time of writing has just exceeded 18 million. Firefox is the second most popular Browser behind Microsofts Internet Explorer – who recently released their updated version 9 for Windows 7 and Vista users. Firefox has seen its market share drop over the last couple of years from 24% in 2009 to 21% recently in early 2011. Google Chrome’s increased popularity has been partly to blame for this. Internet Explorer has seen a greater reduction, from 68% to 56% over the same period.
Reports showed that over the initial 24 hours of release there were a little over 5 million downloads, so the fact Firefox has now broken 18 million either means the increased publicity of the availability of the new version has driven more users to download and try, or is there perhaps a little bit of creative accounting going on here?
Regardless of the situation, Firefox and Internet Explorer both boast increased speeds and a more secure user experience. There is also compatibility for HTML 5 – which is the latest standard for writing and designing websites. However with Internet Explorer 9′s incompatibility with Windows XP – an operating system that some two-thirds of businesses still use, this could be a great time for Firefox to increase its market share again.
In other news, Google has had an agreement with publishers to sell on-line versions of books blocked by a U.S. Court. There were fears that Google will be increasing it’s Worldwide dominance (bit late for that wouldn’t you say?) - Google is reported to be “dissapointed by the outcome” and will “consider its options”, and it has been widely reported that they had scanned over 15 million books already in preparation… oops!
What are your thoughts on the continued Browser wars between Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari? Is the Google ruling right for the World as a whole? – Let us know your views!
During last month we were one of the first to break the news that Google had launched a new “add-on” for their popular Internet Browser, Chrome – “Block Sites from Googles Search Results”.
Now here we are again to announce that it seems Google has now added the same feature to all of you lucky Google Search Engine users, regardless of browser choice. (Good news for Rob, the “anti-
Christ Chromer” among us).
Once again, the long-and-short of things, is that via a link, you can quickly remove and ban individual search results. The only requirement is that you are logged into your Google account, so the questions begging to be asked, is this going to be a popular tool? Is Google that bad at its job that it cannot display the appropriate content to start with? Is this going to open the door to further abuse if Google starts taking action on the results?
A very good Monday to Skyline Marketing readers from us all in Exeter, Devon. We are all having a very productive day in the office so far, celebrating the success of some of our latest Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) work which has come to fruition, and pushing things further with one of our latest clients – Inspired People – Charity Recruitment firm who are based in Bristol, but cover all major cities across the UK. More about Inspired People in the weeks to come.
Further to the Release Candidate (RC) of Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 browser, the Organisation is claiming over two million downloads have been recorded.
Microsoft only very recently announced that the IE9 RC was available publicly and has commented it is “humbled by the enthusiasm and uptake of IE9″.
The current beta users of IE9 will be notified shortly to upgrade their versions which should force another wave of downloads for the browser. Microsoft is also pleased with the two million figure, as all of these downloads have been the choice of users, rather than forced – is this just the users saying they are fed up with the previous version of the browser and hoping for something faster and powerful?
Microsoft has also said that IE9 will be available on Windows Phone 7 sometime during 2011, so watch this space.
However, the news is not all rosey for Microsoft, as Mozilla, who produce Firefox have claimed that IE9 is “not a modern browser” and is “two years too late”. While many will agree with Mozilla over the “too late” comment, the fact that many users became disillusioned with Internet Explorer in the first place, has only proven to help the Firefox software grow.
Surely now this is Microsofts final chance to re-enter the Browser race, given the increased competition from Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla and Opera? Mozilla’s Firefox 4 is on the horizon, so Microsoft will have a job on their hands to impress with IE9, or lose further ground in the Internet Browser War.