Firefox Downloads: 14 Million And Counting
Asa Dotzler, mozilla.org Staff Member/Driver, has posted a graph and write-up of the Firefox web browser download numbers.
Not bad for a little Open Source project, is it?
Read the Asa post.
Asa Dotzler Comments ...
I agree that it's difficult to figure out how large is the user base from some (admittadly incomplete) download statistics.
Here's what we know (or think we know). It's been widely reported that Microsoft lost either 4 points (if you believe WebSideStory, which is US focused) or 5 points (if you believe OneStat, which is World/Europe focused) since _May_.
But an even more interesting number is not what Firefox has gained in the last few months (which has definitely been nice, and at a good clip) but what the total Gecko-based browser share (firefox, mozilla 1.x, camino, others) is.
The newest data we have on that is from the end of November and beginning of December. OneStat says 7.35% and WebSideStory says 6.89%. More tech focused sites like CNet and W3Schools reported 18% and 22.4% respectively.
(I know you can't really mix these different studies, but just for fun, if you look at Global Reach, there are just over 800 million intenet users. Doing the math on that with the onestat and websidestory numbers would put Gecko-browser users at 50-60M.)
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