The open source Firefox browser has been downloaded a landmark 75 million times, the Mozilla Foundation has announced.
The browser, which was first made available on 9 November 2004, had reached the 50 million download mark by 29 April, with 25 million more downloads in less than three months since then, signalling an upward trend.
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Figures released earlier this month show that Firefox increased its share of the browser market against Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in June. Internet metrics and research firm NetApplications.com reported that Firefox had scooped 8.71% of the browser market, compared with 8% in May, while IE’s market share fell from 87.23% to 86.56%.
Mozilla is expected to release Firefox version 1.5 in September, with a new updating system to handle security fixes and other tweaks. The new system will allow users to download a patch when updates become available, removing the current requirement to install a completely new browser each time.