Firefox user base swells to 270 million

By Justin Mann on May 6, 2009, 3:30 PM
Every few months, we learn about the state of browsers on the Internet and who is using what. The most common trend we've all noticed in the past several years is the slow decline of IE and the rise of Firefox. Depending on the region, we've seen Firefox take anywhere from a mere ten percent to upwards of forty percent and more of user's desktops. Just how many people are actually using Firefox, though? That's a figure harder to determine, but one that Mozilla has been trying to work. According to them, they estimate that there are roughly 270 million Firefox users in the world today.

Percentages are more important when dealing with things like market share, but having a nice round number to look at helps give you an idea of just how many people those percentages translate to and 270 million certainly is nothing to shrug at. Mozilla doesn't have any breakdowns by region, and admits that the number is an estimate based on what metrics they have available. Interestingly, the blog post that shows this figure also asks for other vendors like Microsoft and Apple to publish their estimates, if only to make the data more accurate.

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Emin3nce said:
I blame IE8...the beta ran tragically and the release was still bugged as hell.
DarkCobra said:
Amen to that.
skitzo_zac said:
Blame IE8 for what? If you are saying that is a buggy piece of software shouldn't that be a good thing for FF? If as you say it's a buggy browser wouldn't people be inclined to switch to an alternative?By the way I am not defending IE in any form, I am an avid Opera user.
tengeta said:
IE8 took too long, all the other crap is just icing on the cake for competitors.I don't know anyone personally who doesn't use Firefox, and that includes the really basic users as well. Everyone seems to get pushed toward at least trying it eventually and I'd guess mostly by word of mouth.
MrTHinds said:
I use both IE8 (Within Windows 7 RC1) and Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 (Within Windows 7 RC1). To be honest IE8 seem to be better than previous versions, but Mozilla Firefox seems to be even better. Mozilla delivers noticeably improved performance, security and a better user experience overall. One of the many new features noticed is the capability to drag and drop elements within and among Websites. May I say more!
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