Firefox has outstripped Internet Explorer (IE) as the number one browser in Europe, according to analytics company StatCounter.
Firefox took 38.1% of European market share in December, compared with IE's 37.5%, the research found.
IE has been displaced from the top spot due to the popularity of Google's Chrome, which has taken share from IE. Firefox maintains its existing position, said Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.
Google Chrome, in third place, is gaining market share in Europe and has grown to 14.58% compared to 5.06% in December last year, said the company.
However, in North America IE remains the dominant browser, with a 48.92% share, followed by Firefox (26.7%) and Chrome (12.82%).
According to consultancy firm Net Applications' figures, IE's total market share of world traffic was 57.1% last month, followed by Firefox (22.8%) and Chrome (9.98%).