400 Million Downloads for the Orange Fox

FireFox, the open-source browser distributed by Mozilla, has reached a milestone of more than 400 million downloads.

It was first released in 2004 reaching 100 million downloads within two years, and by the end of 2006 had over 300 million.

The browser is enjoying this exponential growth, with its market share ever closing in on the heavyweight Internet Explorer.

US consultancy firm Janco and the IT Productivity Center says Firefox currently has 17.4 percent of the browser market – up 5.6 percentage points in the last year. Also within the last year, Microsoft’s market-leading Internet Explorer browser dropped 9.6 percentage points to a market share of 63.9 percent.

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