UPDATE: Firefox to hit 1 billionth download today

UPDATE: Firefox to hit 1 billionth download today

Summary: In financial terms, a billion might not seem that much nowadays, but it's still an impressive number. And it's a milestone that Mozilla expects Firefox to pass today.

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In financial terms, a billion might not seem that much nowadays, but it's still an impressive number. And it's a milestone that Mozilla expects Firefox to pass today.

It's expected that the billionth download of the Firefox browser will happen today. You can keep an eye on downloads here, or via the Twitter feed. The Firefox Dowload Guesstimator predicts that the billionth download will happen at around 15:00 GMT.

Only downloads are counted here. Updates downloaded by the browser automatically don't count, and the number covers all versions of Firefox since 2004.

[UPDATE: The billionth download happened some time between 14:46 GMT and 15:00 GMT.]

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  • great for Firefox

    does this means Firefox jumped 10 shares closer to IE?

    btw- I use it every day. I love the Fox
    znetlol
  • Looks like that stranglehold MS has on browsers is really hurting them (nt)

    nt
    ModernMech
    • Boy, that IE monopoly really has been hurting them as of late

      Or not.



      Gee, Opera - Look! Firefox's market share continues to increase, despite IE coming installed with Windows! *hint**hint*
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Number of downloads does not equal number of users...

        Number of downloads does not equal number of users...

        otherwise, since I think I've downloaded Firefox at least 10 times in the last few years, I would be counted as 10 different users.

        I doubt that anybody has the true count of the number of Firefox users other than an estimate or guestimate based on visits to many different sites. The same holds true for all browsers.
        adornoe
        • There are rough percentages of usage...

          but not of users. From: <a href=http://marketshare.hitslink.com/browser-market-share.aspx?qprid=0&qpmr=100&qpdt=1&qpct=0&qptimeframe=Y>Market Share</a> (for the year, global usage)

          IE : 66.39%
          Firefox : 22.11%
          Safari : 8.39%
          Chrome : 1.54%
          Opera : 0.7%
          Rest...

          Trending data was not available at this time.
          B.O.F.H.
        • Indeed...

          Well you're right... I download it once and save the installer to install over and over and over again (for myself and others).

          Now the thing is, I install it on every work PC (about 200)... but I only know of about a dozen that actually use it. It's mostly so that it's there when I login with my roaming profile.
          GoodThings2Life
          • You've never had to download newer versions of FF?

            <i>I download it once and save the installer to install over and over and over again</i>

            There have been a bunch of times where I've had to download a new or improved version of FF. Those are mainly when there are major revisions to the browser.

            So, really, how many times have you actually had to download FF?
            adornoe
          • Actually - You Answered Your Own Question.

            I do not count getting a patch (or even a service pack like download), but to download a whole 10MB zip file because there is a slight number change should be counted.
            Going from FF 2.0 to FF 2.1 then FF 2.1.5 then FF 2.3 then FF 2.5 then FF 2.7.1 and so on.
            Now FF 3.0 to FF3.1 to FF 3.2 to FF 3.5 to FF 3.5.1 ... and now a FF 3.5.2.
            Sounds familiar.
            cpuguy1
  • RE: Firefox to hit 1 billionth download today

    And the same is true of people using IE.

    However I pass my Ubuntu distro discs around and as more people use Linux this will increase FF to IE.

    Unless of course Microsoft wants to count all those Windows pirated systems, thay can however remove 4 IE installations I used to have a few years ago.
    DesertJim