“Firefox 3.5 is the most popular browser in the world. It tops IE 6, IE 7, and IE 8. Yes, this is just one source. Yes, all versions of IE combined still beat all versions of Firefox combined. Yes, it's just one week. So. It's still Awesome,” revealed Asa Dotzler, from the Mozilla’s Quality Assurance (QA) and Testing Program.
StatCounter Global Stats indicates that 21.93% of users were running Firefox 3.5 in the period mentioned above. Internet Explorer 7 is runner up with 21.2%, IE8 third with 20.33%, IE6 forth with 13.89%, followed by Firefox 3.0 with 9%, Google Chrome 3.0 with 4.86%, Safari 4 with 3.03% and Opera with 1.46%. The statistics provided by StatCounter Global Stats come from 3 million websites around the world.
However, according to data supplied by Net Applications, all current versions of Internet Explorer continue to account for usage shares larger than Firefox. Net Applications credits IE6 with 22.08% of the browser market, IE7 with 19.34%, IE7 with 16.86% and Firefox 3.5 with 15.16%. In the echelon with Firefox 3.0 at the top, Firefox 3.0 owns 8.13% of the market, Chrome 3.0 3.34%, Safari 4.0 3.29%, and Opera 10.x 1.38%.
Things are only bound to get worse for Microsoft, as the company has settled an antitrust dispute with the European Union Commission, in which it has agreed to push updates to all Windows users in Europe, advertising rival browsers in addition to IE as options for the default browser in Windows.
Firefox 3.6 Beta 5 (Beta revision 5) for Windows is available for download here.
Firefox 3.6 Beta 5 (Beta revision 5) for Mac OS X is available for download here.
Firefox 3.6 Beta 5 (Beta revision 5) for Linux is available for download here.