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Wednesday, 23 March 2011 12:38

Firefox 4 downloaded by 5.9 million

Written by Nick Farell
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Mostly in Europe
Firefox 4 has got off to a strong start with 5.0 million copies of the new browser downloaded.

It seems that Firefox 4 easily beat Microsoft's claim that users downloaded 2.4 million copies of its Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) in the first 24 hours of availability last week. According to Mozilla most of the downloads were in Europe with more than 2.6 million downloads, closely followed by North America with 1.6 million.

Mozilla executive Mike Beltzner said that it was behind the launch numbers of Firefox 3.6, which shipped in January 2010. During the first three hours, downloads averaged between 5,000 and 6,000 copies per minute, less than half the 12,000-per-minute pace of the previous version.


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+8 #1 Bl0bb3r 2011-03-23 13:02
I'll wait for most of the extensions to update and get tested properly before switching, but otherwise it would have been +1 for that counter.
 
 
+6 #2 Boomstick777 2011-03-23 14:48
Make that 5.9 million and 1, just downloaded it, seems quicker, not sure about the new layout though, will take getting used to..
 
 
+18 #3 thematrix606 2011-03-23 16:20
"Mostly in Europe"

Mainly because we're smarter and more free... cough... evil marketing... cough... gestapo in USA... cough... rednecks... cough.
 
 
+5 #4 dicobalt 2011-03-23 22:53
Quoting Boomstick777:
Make that 5.9 million and 1, just downloaded it, seems quicker, not sure about the new layout though, will take getting used to..


Considering how customizable the layout is that's the last thing that should stop anyone from using FF4. Tabs can go on top or bottom. Buttons can be big or small. Buttons can be added and removed, Bookmarks can be moved off their own bar and onto the navigation bar. Themes can be applied as well. You can make the interface huge and wasteful like IE5 or small and sleeker than Chrome. All while having way more features and functionality.
 
 
-4 #5 thomasg 2011-03-23 23:22
I used to really like Firefox, but I've been using Chrome lately. I'll have to try out 4 and maybe I'll switch back. I really liked how clean Chrome is, it doesn't force a bunch of crap on you that don't want but if you do you can always add it. But dicobalt brings up some good points, and I think it's worth another shot.
 
 
+4 #6 thematrix606 2011-03-24 10:46
Quoting thomasg:
I used to really like Firefox, but I've been using Chrome lately. I'll have to try out 4 and maybe I'll switch back. I really liked how clean Chrome is, it doesn't force a bunch of crap on you that don't want but if you do you can always add it. But dicobalt brings up some good points, and I think it's worth another shot.


The only thing I've ever been 'forced' by from Firefox is updates... I don't know what you're smoking, but I don't want any.
 
 
0 #7 The_Countess 2011-03-24 14:40
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
I'll wait for most of the extensions to update and get tested properly before switching, but otherwise it would have been +1 for that counter.


actually almost all of my 10 plug-ins worked right away on the first day except for 2. well worth the swap.
 
 
+3 #8 Dumachi 2011-03-25 01:15
I really like it
 

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