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Firefox 6 already sees bump in traffic

Firefox 6 just launched last week, and new research already shows the latest version of Mozilla's browser accounting for a significant fraction of traffic.

summary Firefox 6 just launched last week, and new research already shows the latest version of Mozilla's browser accounting for a significant fraction of traffic.

Firefox 6 officially debuted earlier this month, with a host of new features and security fixes. Internet users must already be flocking to the latest version of Mozilla's browser at a rapid pace — at least according to Chitika Insights (the research arm of online advertising network Chitika).

After Chitika took a look at all US and Canadian traffic between 16 and 22 August, the survey found that Firefox 6 has already garnered at least 8 per cent of the total traffic from browsers, and approximately 45 per cent of all Firefox-stemming traffic.

(Credit: Chitika Insights)

However, don't get too excited for Firefox 6 just yet; Chitika found that the growth rate for Firefox 6 is starting to taper off, likely due to the fact that all of the early adopters have already downloaded and started using Firefox 6. This means that Mozilla has some work to do, in order to get other Firefox users and beyond to jump on this version now.

Interestingly, Chitika also found that Firefox 6 usage peaks during the morning and at the end of the day, but very early morning hours tend to belong to Internet Explorer. Yet this phenomenon is only relevant to Firefox 6, and not previous editions of the software. It's not clear what Mozilla could try to do to make up for this gap — except maybe start some kind of advertising campaign targeted at night owls and graveyard shift employees.

Via ZDNet US