Firefox passes Internet Explorer to become first in Europe

By Emil ยท 17 replies
Jan 4, 2011
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  1. Mozilla's Firefox has overtaken Microsoft's Internet Explorer to become the most popular browser in Europe, according to web analytics firm StatCounter. This is the first time Microsoft's browser has lost its top spot in a major market.

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  2. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Good for Firefox eh. I'll bet it's not long before Chrome comes into the fray.
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    While Internet Explorer's slow but steady decline was obvious years ago especially when Firefox 2 came out, even today I think that the required browser ballot is unfair to Microsoft (GASP, how could anyone say that!!!! lol). User's have ALWAYS had a choice to what browser they used on Windows, and with online advertising for both Chrome and Firefox often by website owners, the availability of the more popular alternatives to Internet Explorer is far higher than it has ever been. Having the ballot is almost* like being at car dealership with one brand of car, and then making them show people who come to that dealership alternative brands that they do not sell.

    *almost, as one brand of car does not usually dominate a market like Microsoft does in the OS market.
  4. SSaywell

    SSaywell TS Rookie Posts: 39

    I live in the UK, Europe and personally I hate the EU, one they take loads of money from our country and don't give anything back 2)They do stupid things like fineing MS for putting IE on the OS. I dunno about the rest of you but when I buy an OS I expect a broswer to come with it and I don't see Apple getting fined for putting Safari on there OS, but thats the EU all over, *#!@*!$@#
  5. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    Glad to actually see someone from Europe sharing one of my views on the EU regulator board. =)

    Technically, the OS does come with a browser, it just does not immediately install it by default, opting to let users choose their main browser first.
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Well done to FF, it has been a much better browser in the last few years. Now to the ballot, aren't we are living in countries run by authoritarian (& Orwellian) governments ? Who want to control everything and anything, and EU is just an extension in this regard. Anyway, my question is will the dumb regulators over at EU will force other OSes to have a browser ballot as well, so at least to give a perception of 'fairness' to all this farce they've created?
  7. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    I love firefox. Chrome may be gaining, but for people who use stuff like tree style tabs and greasemonkey, firefox is king.
  8. Emil

    Emil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 154

  9. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

  10. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 474   +84

    I like Firefox and Chrome in that order and I use both of them, but given the improvements in Windows 7 I'm tempted to use IE 9 as well. On mobile I use Opera and sometimes ago I used Safari.So what about statistics?
  11. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 474   +84

    My friend, your country is a net receiver of funds from EU, please check statistics. But of course you're free to hate EU, so do I.regards
  12. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

  13. id so like to like FF..but i don't

    my mates tell me its great,fast stable and unbloated....then fill it with loads of junky addons
  14. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    Firefox is great.I stopped using IE years back.Keep it up FF.

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    I wish I could use fire fox....
    I Install it and My Explorer looses all the icons and folder options toolbar ..

    So I uninstall it an go back to Google Chrome..
  16. And, given a free choice, Aiy-eee is not the popular selection.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,971   +2,526

    Nope. I agree with you completely....! The personal computer, its operator, and the internet are now one. That's the zen of it. That said, any operating system couldn't be considered complete with the inclusion of a web browser. M$ gives you a M$ browser. I'm unsure how that came to be considered draconian. Apple gives you Safari, not IE, and so it goes. Linux gives you FF, Linux is free, I suppose that there are those among us that could construe that to be, "stifling competition".

    If you don't want IE, don't use it. I don't.
  18. We all know that England is America's dog. Hating EU is no surprise. As to the IE, you have to differentiate between OS and application programs. I think EU is right to ban IE because customers should not be forced to buy IE when they buy OS.

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