Firefox takes the browser lead in Europe

by Klaus on January 4, 2011

in Browsers, Tech News, Web Development

For the first time, Firefox is now the most used browser in Europe. Firefox reached a market share of 38.11% in December, leaving behind Internet Explorer in 2nd place with 37.52%.

Firefox doesn’t have themselves to thank though, as the reason for being number one is mostly because of Internet Explorer losing market shares due to Google Chrome going from 5.05% in December 2009 to 14.58% in December 2010.

The European Union decided some 1-2 years ago that Windows users in Europe should be presented with a list of alternative browsers so everybody would have to decide whether or not they wanted to keep Internet Explorer as their primary browser or select from a few others, including Firefox and Google Chrome.

Opera and Apple’s Safari continues to have around five percent market share each.

Worldwide, however, Internet Explorer is still leading with 46.95% with Firefox in 2nd place with 30.76% and Google Chrome in 3rd with 14.85%.

The above data has been collected by StatCounter by gathering information from three million websites worldwide.


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TJ McDowell January 4, 2011 at 21:51

Sweet! I personally think that Firefox has some plugins that rock the house. I use both IE and Firefox myself. Almost always Firefox when I’m reading blogs though. It seems like the new IE8 has issues with some of the blog designs.

DKNJ Networks January 5, 2011 at 03:09

Internet Explorer has shown some improvement over the years but Firefox is definitely a more functional and user friendly browser. Microsoft had to shape up a few years ago when Mozilla Firefox came out or they would be much worse off today. Chrome and Safari are OK but for internet users that rely heavily on plug-ins, Firefox is definitely king of browsers.

Ron January 5, 2011 at 03:31

Firefox still rocks because of wide variety of plugins and addons to choose from. But for sure, Chrome will rock the 2011.

[email protected] January 5, 2011 at 05:59

I always recommend my friends Firefox web browser. Because it is most secured and has many addon supports and also open source.

Max January 5, 2011 at 11:44

i think it’s due to the big numbers of addons

DJ ARIF January 5, 2011 at 12:35

That’s a great news! Firefox and Google Chrome will be the next most popular web browsers in Europe. The day is not so far!

miley January 6, 2011 at 02:35

I am surpised it too his long .. IE is just a big fat browser riddled with slowdowns especially the dreaed startup refocus bug, which is still outstanding to this day

Rob McCance January 7, 2011 at 05:26

I have been off of IE for about a year now. Went exclusively to FF which prior to that I only used when I needed the Firebug when doing web development.

About a month ago I tried Chrome and now never use FF. It’s screaming fast on my MacBook PRO and the FireBug capability is built in already [inspect element].

The beat goes on..

Saksham January 12, 2011 at 14:48

Its just because IBM has made firefox as defualt browser for all its devices and chrome is far better than Mozilla in Speed,security.

darcy January 12, 2011 at 16:32

I love firefox. It is so easy to use. I hadn’t heard of it until my boss asked me to use it, and I couldn’t imagine using anything else now.

Raj January 15, 2011 at 14:18

I also use mozilla firefox and it is really awesome.I partly also use google chrome.Thats great to mozilla is growing and can beat internet explorer

Extended Battery July 26, 2011 at 04:33

Firefox rules! with stable browsing, lots of add on and plugin, this browser will lead the the world better to the internet

Lars November 9, 2011 at 21:26

When I used Firefoxs. But it was constantly fail especially the latest version.
Many applications will not open and just a flash is not very friendly.
Google Chrome now think in the first place


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