Firefox 'passes 20 percent market share' in Europe

Firefox 'passes 20 percent market share' in Europe

Summary: Mozilla has sounded a note of caution over the figures, however


Mozilla Firefox has achieved an market share of over 20 percent in Europe, according to the latest figures released by French Web metrics firm XiTi.

XiTi, which based its figures on a sample of 32.5 million Web site visits that took place on Sunday 8 January, said that Finland has the highest proportion of Firefox users, followed by Slovenia and Germany. It found that the open source browser is used by 38, 36 and 30 percent of users in these countries respectively.

The UK has one of the lowest proportions of Firefox users in Europe, accounting for only 11 percent of Web site visits. The figure of 20 percent across Europe was obtained by calculating an average from the figures obtained for each European country, according to XiTi.

But XiTi's figures should probably be taken with a pinch of salt, as Firefox usage tends to be highest over the weekend, according to Tristan Nitot, the president of Mozilla Europe.

"We should emphasise that these measures have been done on a Sunday, when Firefox' usage peaks. The Firefox browser is less used during the week, as enterprises are more conservative when it comes to using a newer browser," said Nitot, in a blog posting that commented on earlier figures released by the Web metrics company.

Other Web metrics companies produce more conservative estimates of Firefox' market share. In November, reported that Firefox had achieved a global market share of 11.5 percent, although it found that only 4.9 percent of people were using it in the UK.

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  • You could say that arguing about stats is a bit frustrating. But so are headlines constructed on one datum. You need to look at the whole picture and this article doesn't come close.

    However, at the risk of stating the blindingly obvious:

    Usage of Firefox will be greater at weekends because of people (like me) who are not allowed to use it at work but who will always use it at home. We should still be counted.

    Usage will be higher in some polls where more informed users will skew the results in favour of the better product e.g. PC World and (I assume) boingboing.

    Uptake of Firefox by big organisations in certain countries will expose more people to Firefox at work and lead to more overall use in that country (France, Germany, etc)

    You can't compare any two survey results because they all use different methods, sample size, etc.. and you certainly can't compare Nov data from one source with Jan data from another (plain bad journalism!)
  • If you want stats on a big site like boing boing, you'll see that Firefox is about 40%, before IE (at 35%)...

    Yes, it's well above 20%, but those are real, 'raw' datas from awstats analysis of their logs.
  • Inaccurate? Simply plain wrong!!!
    I have little doubt that Firefox usage is raising in some areas, especially in Europe, as IE hasn't had an upgrade in years. But the report admits that the measurements were made on a sunday, and that doesn't "slightly alter the results", it fakes them completely!
    It's like if they did the measurement by counting users accessing a Linux site. That's simply invalid as a count of the actual Firefox market. Claiming that this implies, even between quotes, that Firefox usage is over 20% is simply misrepresenting reality.
  • The above is on drugs
  • I can quite easily see why Firefox is being used so widely across Europe and I would dispute your low UK usage figures.
    Firefox gives home users options on even safer surfing with Extensions such as Safe Cache, Quick Java, AdBlock and NoScript - all of these useful "add ons" make Firefox 1.5 both a pleasure to use and easy to manage. I've no doubt your survey will have shown
    Internet Explorer in use widely because it comes pre-loaded by Microsoft. However it really is worth spending a few minutes downloading and configuring Firefox for a much safer surfing experience.
  • I find it unusual that you say that these figures for firefox use in europe probably should be taken with a pinch of salt because they are weekend figures. Surely if the figures are based on weekend use it would indicate that they are mainly home users. This really is is the only market that counts as weekends (and evenings) are mainly the only times that people can choose to use any browser they like.

    For some reason a great number of backward IT departments stick with Internet Explorer because they are so that they permainently have their heads buried up their own ass*s. I would have thought that they would be so clued up that they would be the first to switch to a better browser like Firefox. It's a strange old world. Conclusion. Firefox is the browser of choice for windows people as Internet Explorer is mainly used by people who are too ignorant to realise that there is an alternative and Internet Explorer was already built into their Operating System.

    Irony of the day... I read on a site this morning that libraries (in the UK I think) Will only allow Microsoft software on their PC's as using other software constitutes a security risk... Made me giggle !!!
  • I guess my head must be up my @$$ then. IE 6 is scheduled for replacement, and IT departments won't change browsers and test compatibility for online software etc... for each "browser of the month"

    Basically, users of IE 6 are hanging out for IE 7, firefox users are just impatient, but in a corporate environment you can't rush into things, and then change back again without costs.
  • Strange. If corporate environments are hanging out for IE 7 then which version of IE 7 exactly? And if corporate environments can't rush into things then doesn't that impose that once a wrong choice has been made they're inclined to stick with it regardless? Given that most corporate environments would have to drop IE 6 if they would actually follow Microsoft's security guidelines for each and every month (the current one being: disable Active Scripting; unless you think that pop-up questions to end users are a good alternative). And what's this about that one can't change back again without costs'? That sounds like an excuse to maintain the status qua. To endorse the, in hindsight, wrong decision. Ofcourse there will be consequences with any decision made. That's why a decision is made in the first place. So the impact of a 'fall back scenario' should at least be part of the 'potential project risks' before even allowing the change but that seems to be way above what the average Joe can handle. Instead the average IT department, in whole, tends to follow the status quo and be blind to the consequences of such (in)action. Thus misleading entire organizations into thinking that good decisions have been made, savings have been achieved and security has been taken care of. In reality however the average IT department is sticking its head in the sand, ignoring basic security advisories and putting more effort in finding excuses and fighting symptoms then actualy finding solutions and solving causes. For 10 years on a row now.