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Firefox market share on the rise, passes 19%

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Posted July 6, 2008 by admin in Internet

Firefox 3’s gains came mostly from users upgrading from Firefox 2, the firm said. However, a small portion of the gains, 0.4%, came at the expense ofMicrosoft (NSDQ: MSFT)’s Internet Explorer.

IE’s market share fell to 73.01% in May to 73.75% at the end of June, Net Applications’ numbers showed. Firefox overall increased its share during the same timeframe to 19.03% from 18.41%.

Since August 2007, IE’s share has declined from 79%, while Firefox has risen over the last 10 months from 14.65%, according to Net Applications. During the same timeframe, Apple’s Safari browser has increased its share to 6.31% from 4.71%. Much of that increase in usage is apparently due to soaring sales of Apple Mac computers, which ship with the browser.

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