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Firefox surpasses IE6's browser share in October

By Matthew
Nov 4, 2009
  1. njel

    njel TS Rookie Posts: 24

    Chrome is surely the one I would prefer if it did not have some much incompatibility problems.
    It is light and I like the UI.
    Firefox is my "every day" browser and I like all the plug-ins available.
    IE8 is installed by default so I keep it and I use it when I need it for special web sites incompatible with FF. It is a shame to see that some we sites are still incompatible with FF.
    MS should concentrate on their OS and let others companies develop browsers.
    But as Google is going to release next year an OS with a browser completely integrated (I think) and with Web Applications replacing Office. MS will not let that concurrent come in his "garden" without fighting.
    So let's hope something new and completely amazing will come from MS with their next browser...
     
  2. I dunno why Opera is last. It's by far the best browser. Firefox is so overrated.. just like google.
     
  3. jazboy

    jazboy TS Rookie Posts: 112

    The reason for IE to having most of the share is because most of the corporate world supports only IE. But the way firefox is growing , i don't think that day is very far where firefox will be having atleaset half of market share.
     
  4. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    first of all firefox is a far better browser than opera you obviously dont know what you are talking about i mean look at the shear number of firefox downloads vs opera not one person i know uses opera and i work at an internet company everyone uses firefox and for some things IE8 but mainly firefox.
     
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,387   +425

    Props to Firefox for taking the fight to the big gorilla on the block and giving us users some choices. I've been using it for years on my home PC but am stuck using IE7 at work. Firefox's functionality and speed blows IE6 & 7 clear out of the water.
     
  6. FrankTank

    FrankTank TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Tell me about it. I wouldn't have even known about firefox if it hadn't been for using it on my brother in laws PC while on vacation at their home last year. Once I used it and saw how much better of a browser it was I would hooked and as soon as I got home I immediately downloaded it and haven't looked back.
     
  7. namesdontmatter

    namesdontmatter TS Rookie

    I would like to use Chrome more often, but google's habitual collecting every bit of data about you doesn't appeal to me. There's another browser which is based on Chrome called SW Iron which looks pretty good, and it has everything Chrome does, minus the data collecting.
     
  8. ""about i mean look at the shear number of firefox downloads vs opera ""

    I've downloaded Firefox on a couple occasions over the years to see what the fuss was about. I deleted it the same day...and yes I DO know what I'm talking about. One thing we can all agree on is that IE sucks.
     
  9. lynxon

    lynxon TS Rookie Posts: 30

    Hooray for Firefox and my thousands of addons! That must be the biggest reason why I could never switch to Chrome or any other browser for my day-to-day browsing, I just couldn't live without all those addons, although I do have Chrome installed for the just in case moments.
     
  10. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    I've tried using opera and for whatever reason it's much slower loading up my homepage (which is igoogle) than firefox, chrome or IE. I like opera's features though, but the load up time is the dealbreaker for me. And to be honest I only know one person who uses opera, and that's because he works for opera lol.
     
  11. Colonel Lance

    Colonel Lance TS Rookie Posts: 46

    Woot! go Firefox!
     
     
  12. I tried Firefox but return to Opera. Opera has the best mouse gesture features. For those sites that don't play well then IE6 it is.
     
  13. Shalimar

    Shalimar TS Rookie Posts: 41

    Once again FF FTW!!! IE continues to be beyond shoddy coding so it needs to DIE
     
  14. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Guru Posts: 692   +48

    I never heard of Opera but it seems to be doing horribly bad. Im not surprised IE is doing so good people consider it a default and most/all schools use it because they don't care about quality just providing an option to students. My college has more than 1,000 computers and every single one has Windows Xp professional installed and main browser is IE. Safari and firefox are more personal use. I don't really see firefox ever being on top though as long as schools and such just keep using IE.
     
  15. Beggars

    Beggars TS Rookie

    It's great Firefox has surpassed Internet Explorer 6's market share, but Firefox these days isn't exactly a stable browser. Firefox 3.5.4 repeatedly uses excess amounts of CPU and sometimes over 1gb of RAM with minimal extensions, maybe that's why some people still use Internet Explorer 6 most likely? Who knows.

    I am a web developer, and nothing makes me more happy than seeing the market share of the world's most evil web browser dwindling, but I can't help but feel that Firefox isn't going to always be the saint we think it is.

    Nothing can ever be as bad as IE6.
     
  16. ken777

    ken777 TS Rookie Posts: 103

    It would be interesting to see a similar browser share breakdown for mobile devices.
     
  17. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,103   +111

    I also want to know the shares of each mobile browser. Maybe techspot will do one for us.
     
  18. ellulbrian

    ellulbrian TS Rookie Posts: 32

    my fav browser Opera is declining?! I find it quite good and innovative. The last feature which I figured out was Opera link. The high % of IE users don't even know what is a browser, let the numbers roll...
     
  19. I can't fathom why anyone would use the archaic and sluggish Internet Explorer. Firefox has always been my favorite until a year ago when Chrome debuted. I only decided to try it out of curiosity and to my astonishment, it made even Firefox seem bloated and slow as molasses.

    Google's browser is by far the fastest and snappiest browser available today. I love it not only for it's sheer speed, but also it's simplicity. Less is More. Much more, in this case!
     
  20. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Posts: 243

    Why is IE8 Compatibility mode counted as a different percentage? isn't it just a mode?
     
  21. You can't "uninstall" any IE because it is an integral part of Windows. This is the reason for several anti-trust lawsuits against M$.
     
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