Firefox hunts down Microsoft in Europe

Mozilla's Firefox web browser is gaining market share in Europe, having won more than 28% of users in the region to date, a study has revealed.

Mozilla's Firefox web browser is gaining market share in Europe, having won more than 28% of users in the region to date, a study has revealed.

The number of users installing Firefox is growing at an average of 3.1% every four months according to web-trends monitor XiTi. More than 18% of users in the UK use Firefox, which is similar to usage in Italy (18.3%) and Norway (18.6%).

Use of Firefox was highest in Finland (45.4%), followed by Slovakia (40.4%) and Poland (39.6%), but lowest in Italy (18.3%).

Although Microsoft still has 66.5% of the browser market with Internet Explorer across Europe, in certain countries Firefox has now become very popular, especially in Eastern Europe.

"Internet Explorer is still by far the most used browser in Europe, but it is losing ground faced with the dynamism of its challenger," the report stated.

Between 2 July and 8 July in 2007, European countries using Internet Explorer was 66.5%, compared with 73.3% one year earlier, from 3 July to 9 July of 2006.

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