Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

Summary: According to data gathered by StatCounter and NetApplications, global usage share of Firefox 4 is far exceeding that of Internet Explorer 9.

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According to data gathered by StatCounter and NetApplications, global usage share of Firefox 4 is far exceeding that of Internet Explorer 9.

Asa Dotzler, Mozilla Director of Community Development, has taken the data made available by StatCounter and NetApplications and created this chart:

Dotzler puts this success down to word of mouth trumping a massive marketing campaign:

As you can see from the chart, Firefox 4's release kicked off with considerably more excitement and momentum. IE 9's release, which was backed by one of Microsoft's biggest launch marketing campaigns in recent history, had a comparatively weak showing.

So what explains this disparity? It's you all. It's every one of you that downloaded Firefox 4, found it to be awesome, and told all of your friends and family about it. No ad campaign from Microsoft can top that. Keep spreading the word. Firefox answers to no one but you!

It's important to bear one thing in mind though. Mozilla pushed Firefox 4 to all users via software update while Microsoft has only so far offered IE9 to those running the beta or RC. All other users have had to seek out the download themselves. Once Microsoft starts to push IE9 via Windows Update to all (no date for this has been announced yet) then I expect that usage share numbers will change. This is a time period that Mozilla should take advantage of.[CORRECTION: Firefox has not begun pushing Firefox 4 via software update to existing users either except to those running the beta and RC.]

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  • FireIE

    I use both so whoo-hoo!
    statuskwo5
    • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

      @statuskwo5

      Me too.
      bobiroc
      • By the way, I did not get any software update "push" from FF, so Andrian is

        @bobiroc: ... wrong about it.

        I still use FF3.6, and I even restarted the browser couple of times with no any FF4 push. <b>After FF4 was released I only was pushed with 3.6.16 update, but nothing about FF4.</b><br><br>So these figures from Mozilla are quire honest for comparison. (I will wait for v4.01 or something before updating to FF4)
        DDERSSS
      • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

        @bobiroc
        The other thing to note here is that MicroSoft hasnt pushed out IE9 through windows update if they had then its usage would have already outpaced firefox
        Viper589
      • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

        @denisrs

        FF4 was not pushed out but it was advertised within the browser if you left the default FF start page up. Of if you applied the update to 3.6.x it was advertised there as well.

        Not saying that is wrong but it was advertised within the FF 3.6 browser which is probably a contributing factor to it's downloads.

        Maybe Microsoft will offer IE9 as an [b]optional[/b] download in Microsoft update soon which is the same thing as advertising it as available within themselves.
        bobiroc
    • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

      @statuskwo5
      Not me, I removed IE completely from Control Panel..
      Hasam1991
      • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

        @Hasam1991

        I wish I could use IE9; but <b>it does not work</b> on my platform!!!! (Natty Narwhal)
        fatman65535
      • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

        @Hasam1991

        exactly how did you do that thought you cant do that and as for fatman dude no one cares go away troll
        Viper589
      • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

        @Hasam1991
        <i>Not me, I removed IE completely from Control Panel..</i>
        It may say remove, but it only hides access to IE. Currently there is no way to completely remove IE from any system that runs Windows.
        Rick_K
  • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

    Fireox 4, is beautiful, stylish, fast, and works brilliantly.<br><br>Hooah!
    daikon
    • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

      @daikon

      Yup, it's awesome.

      But then again, so is IE9.
      x I'm tc
    • Not to mention it works on XP

      @daikon
      where IE9 won't, so it really isn't any big surprise.
      John Zern
      • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

        @John Zern <br><br>Are you blaming Mozilla for that. Or that's just another excuse for M$?
        Return_of_the_jedi
      • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

        @John Zern

        It sure does but is not nearly as fast on XP like FF4 and IE9 is on Windows 7. FF4 on XP looks to be mostly a UI change on XP.

        I don't use IE9 at work yet because we have a few systems that have Web access interfaces with some old Active-X settings that do not like IE9. We usually wait about 6 months anyway before rolling out a new browser globally as most businesses and schools do so that it can be evaluated first.
        bobiroc
      • Were you born ignorant

        @Return_of_the_jedi, or was it a conscious choice you made?<br><br>All I did was point out was that it's not surprising as only Windows 7 users can install IE9, while XP/Win7 users can download firefox, so a much larger base onto which Firefox can be used.<br><br>Would you download IE9 if you're using Windows XP?<br><br>So how did that become "blaming Mozilla", or "making an excuse fo MS"?<br><br>Or were you in such a rush to evangelize your platform of choice that you didn't stop to think about the words coming out of you mouth?
        John Zern
      • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

        @bobiroc

        Testing FF 4 on identical hardware for XP and Windows 7 (running in virtual machines on the same host), I did not see any slowdown between the XP and Windows 7 installs. The speed advantages compared to FF 3.6.15 running in the same virtual machines were very noticeable for both OSs.

        I'm tempted to suggest that running FF 4 on a Celeron in your old XP laptop compared to FF 4 on a mutlicore desktop running Windows 7 is not a valid comparison.
        DNSB
      • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

        @DNSB

        My comparison tests (yours may vary) were done on the same exact hardware. Dell Optiplex 740 (Dual core AMD) with 3GB ram. One running XP 32bit and the other running Windows 7 32bit.

        In general I find anything on XP with a Multi-Core processor to run slower than it would under Windows 7 with the same hardware, not just the browser. FF4 is faster than IE8 under XP and IE8 is more noticeably faster under Windows 7 than under XP too.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

        @John Zern Well, if the choice is XP or IE9, I choose....NEITHER. "No Gates, no Windows..."
        james.vandamme
  • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

    I like Firefox but Mozilla is starting to get a bit big headed. They don't have room to brag considering it took them a good 2 years to release FF4. Also, FF4 is available on all platforms, Microsoft IE is available on Vista and Windows 7. I wouldn't look too much into these stats.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Firefox 4 usage outpaces IE9

      @Loverock Davidson

      Firefox is enabling users to stay with XP even longer. With IE9, Microsoft is trying to get users off of XP for their own good. It will soon be ending support and they want an easy transition. Continuing to support XP just hurts the end user.
      Admin71