Browser market share in Europe: Firefox hits the 10% mark
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XitiMonitor has published a couple of days ago a new report about Firefox' market share in Europe, approaching 28%. Like I told ZDNet UK, "It's a nice way to get started on a Monday morning!"
Firefox market share in Europe, July 2007. Source: XitiMonitor.com
One could argue over statistics for ever. I have met with the Xiti team a few months ago to get a better understanding of what they measure. Basically, they have what they call markers (actually small images) on literally millions of Websites, mostly in Western Europe. This means they get billions of hits every month, and then analyse which browser engine were used to display these images. There are a few caveats, as always, in such measurements:
What they call Firefox is actually gecko-enabled browsers (mostly Firefox, but also Seamonkey, Epiphany and K-meleon);
They measure hits, not visitors. There is a difference, in the sense that Firefox users are generally more advanced than IE users (they know what a browser is, and how to download and install software). Also, I understand that Firefox users are generally more likely to spend time online and visit more Websites.
To sum things up, XitiMonitor tracks "Gecko usage" more than "Firefox users". Both are correlated, but not identical. And both indicators are consistently going upwards (Thanks Percy for the graphs!) In some countries such as Slovenia, Firefox has passed Internet Explorer. Gerv even wants to launch a 'Hug a Slovenia...
Earlier this week, Firefox turned 5 years old. The press coverage here in Europe has been amazing. We were lucky enough to have John Lilly with us on this day, so we organized a party with 700 people in Paris.
5 years of Firefox cake. Other pictures from Richard Ying. Picture used under CC-BY-NC-SA license.
A couple of my colleagues have blogged about this, so I'll just link to them instead of repeating what they've wrote:
Mike Shaver : five by five, in the pipe ;
Mitchell Baker : Firefox Turns 5 ;
Ken Da Numerator Kovash : Firefox Hits 25% Market Share on its Birthday ;
Chris Blizzard : 5 years of Firefox ;
Marco Zehe : Happy birthday, Firefox! ;
Official blog : Celebrating Five Years of Firefox! ;
About:Mozilla : Five years of Firefox, 25% market share, and more? ;
A few people have taken pictures. Here they are:
Jean Jacques Peters (hosted on my Flickr account)
Richard Ying : 5 ans de Firefox : longue vie au panda roux ;
XitiMonitor.com has recently published an English version of their latest browser market share study, which credits Firefox with 28% of the European market
Firefox market share in Europe, January 2008, according to XitiMonitor
One must try to see further than just the average number of 28%. While being quite high (certainly higher than what I hoped back when Firefox 1.0 was launched 3 years ago!), it hides the complexity of Europe, which gives very different numbers from The Netherlands (14.7%) to Finland (45.4%). Rupert Goodwins, over at his ZDNet.uk blog, writes Europe: endless speculation about Firefox . I am myself speculating quite a bit on this (after all, I want Firefox and Thunderbird to succeed in all countries in Europe), and I have a few thoughts, as I spend quite a bit of my time traveling from country to country, visiting communities working on Firefox in Europe. In the future, I hope to be able to document how Mozilla-related local communities work, so that other people interested in this can think about all the reasons for this diversity. Stay tuned!
Anyway, the Xiti report has generated quite a bit of press coverage! See below:
UK: PCPro and PCAdvisor
France: Cnet.fr and VNUnet
Firefox market share in Europe, source: Xitimonitor.com
Firefox market share in Europe, source : Xitimonitor.com
3 pieces of news have just appeared on my radar, all of them related to Firefox success in Europe:
According to Xiti, Firefox is getting close to 29% in Europe. The increase is 4.5 percentage points on the past 12 months. I suppose Xiti is going to publish an English version of their study soon, like they usually do. In the meantime, today is a great opportunity to dust off your rusty French
According to Gemius (Rankings.hu), Firefox 2 is now the leading browser version in Hungary. It passed IE 6 last week. Internet Explorer, all versions combined, is still the leading browser. Gandalf has more details.
Also according to Gemius (Ranking.pl), Firefox 2 passed IE 6 this week in Poland, at 34.7%. IE is still leading the market if we combine both all versions.
Here is an excerpt I've sent earlier today to the Aviary.pl team, who's leading the localization and promotion efforts in Poland, explaining why it's good news:
It's good for Firefox and the Mozilla project, demonstrating that we have the ability to ship a great product, useful to millions of users
It's good for the FLOSS movement, as we demonstrate the ability for such technology to beat the proprietary approach, including its most powerful representative, Microsoft.
It's good for the Web. IE 6 is less and less used, and better, more standards-compliant browsers are replacing it. Thanks to better brows...
Ken Kovash, over at the Metrics blog posts some significant information:
we?ve surpassed 60 million active daily users.
But Ken also links to a post by John Lilly dated January 2008, which mentioned that we had passed the 50 million active daily users.
If I read this right, we have gained 10 million active daily users in just 6 months, moving from 50 million to 60 million. Firefox has gained 20% active daily users in just 6 months, which is nothing short of amazing
Now the Web is growing, but Firefox is growing faster that the Web itself, meaning that we're gaining market share in percentage. And wait 'til we ship Firefox 3: I'm betting that Firefox adoption will accelerate!
 For more details on market share, active daily users and active monthly users, please refer to John' post, Mozilla & Firefox market share.
Selon Net Application, en novembre Firefox a dépassé les 20% de part de marché au niveau mondial, et même les 50% dans au moins 3 pays : Indonésie, Macédoine et Solvenie. Le navigateur est aussi en passe de franchir cette barre de 50% dans d'autres pays : Pologne, Bosnie-Herzégovine, Slovaquie, Finlande et Philippines.
Voir les détails sur ce billet de Ken.
That's the title of a recent blog post by my colleague Nicole, about a recent panel over at the Churchill Club, who has received some coverage by TechCrunch, Infoworld and Cnet.
Like Nicole wrote:
The overall theme through the coverage was the feeling of increased competition
Indeed. What strikes me is that 5 years ago, it was just the opposite, as Internet Explorer was enjoying a monopolistic 90% market share. Things have changed with Firefox, just over 4 years ago. At the time, anyone who thought that a tiny not-for-profit organization with a handful of employees would challenge the Redmond monopoly would be at best considered as a fool. I know, I vividly remember people kindly smiling at me back then!
Browser market share in Germany (Oct/Nov. 2008)
I was thinking of this when I saw recent data from Germany, where Firefox has reached 38.4% market share (version 2 and 3 combined). IE 7 is at 37% and IE 6 at 17%. The data, courtesy of Fittkau & Maass dates back from October and November 2008. The firm thinks that 2009 could be the year where Firefox reaches market leadership. Considering the recent Nielsen report stating that Mozilla is the fastest growing brand in Germany followed by Youtube, not mentioning the upcoming and promising Firefox 3.1 version, I think it's definitely doable!
 Thanks for the link, Barbara!
 Rough automated translation available
Net Applications has published recent data: Firefox Share Tops 20% for November.
Ken 'Da Numerator' Kovash has the scoop: Firefox Surpassing 50% Market Share in More Regions. As usual, statistics need to be taken with a grain of salt. If there is one thing we can take for sure from all these numbers, it's that Firefox usage is growing everywhere (I can hear Mozillian cheer all over the world while chairs are flying in Redmond). Asa has a great comment on this:
The Web is a large and massive thing and it's very difficult to get it moving in a new direction. Once it gets moving in one direction, it's got a momentum that's difficult to alter. It's not impossible, it's just difficult and either extraordinary circumstances (Netscape and Microsoft) or extraordinary effort (Mozilla) are required. It's rare that any one entity has caused a major shift in velocity of the web. Mozilla, having effected a real change in that velocity with Firefox, is acting differently than the other two examples because Mozilla's mission is not to try to consolidate control and become the sole determiner of the direction for the Web, but rather to help more people and projects (and yes, even other browsers) play a much bigger part in determining where this thing goes than they've been able to in the past.
Let me simplify his last sentence, because I think it sums up pretty well what Mozilla is about:
Mozilla's mission is to help more people and projects (and yes, even other browsers) play a much...
Pascal and a friend of mine have seen an ad on TV saying In Micro-Hebdo this week, we'll discuss the best browser of the world, with the cover below.
MicroHebdo cover: Firefox 3, the best browser in the world!
Pascal bought the issue, are there are no less than 8 pages on Firefox!
NetEco.com m'a demandé mon opinion sur IE8, ce que j'ai fait avec plaisir ;
Microsoft's New Browser Is Better, but Still Not Best ;
Om Malik : if Microsoft had to compete on an equal footing with, say, Firefox, its market share would be much lower ;
IE 8 final bits ready for download on March 19 ;
IE8's speed does not appear to be its strong point ;
I can?t say that IE8 dethrones my previous browser champ, Firefox ;
IE 8 Web Slices: Great Idea! Mediocre Execution! ;
La technologie Canvas apportée à IE8 via Flash. Cette mise à niveau malgré Microsoft est mieux que rien, mais ça n'est qu'un hack. A quand SVG, <canvas> et <video> natifs dans Internet Explorer ?
What is Firefox?s Market Share? ;
Add-on Jockey, une idée intéressante pour proposer à terme une sélection d'extensions facilement installables d'un seul coup ;
Dans la série Meurs, IE6, meurs !, voici les pages spécifique à IE6 qui piquent un peu les yeux. Un exemple : cool, un IE 6 ! Après ça, tu peux aller tchatter sur AOL espèce de dinosaure à la con! ; (Via un mail d'Alexis, gentil lecteur).
Very interesting. I knew Apple market shares doubled within the last year, but I didn't know of such a difference between states. As this chart shows [source Net Applications], this Apple market share map mimes the split between Republicans and Democrats making the point: Democrats uses Apple.In California and New York, Apple has more than 12% market share, twice the national average and up to 15% in vacation spots, Hawaii and Vermont.so, will MacWorld next week be a boost for Obama and Hillary? And which of the two is the biggest Mac user? ;-)
Dans une barre d’adresse Firefox, tapez « about:robots« .
Nous pouvons y retrouver une des trois lois de la robotique.
PS: Voici un extrait sacrée du Le Livre de Mozilla
Split Browser est une extension pour Firefox particulièrement appréciable. Elle permet en effet de partager la fenêtre de Firefox en plusieurs parties (paramétrables en fonction de vos besoins) ce qui peut être plus adapté que l'utilisation des onglets. Pour installer Split Browser, il faut suivre ce lien.
Linux et logiciels libres
PCPro Software of the year 2007 award for Mozilla Firefox (other pictures)
I am sure this means a lot to the Mozilla community at large. It does to me, at least! I'm hoping this will help us increase our market share in the UK, which is half of what is is on average in the rest of Europe.
Talking about the UK, I was in London yesterday, for the Online Information Conference, where I had to deliver a track keynote. I did the trick like I did in Berlin last time at Web 2.0 Conference. In London, "only" 60 to 70% of people in the room where using Firefox, which is still much better than the country average. One of the reasons is of course that if you attend such a conference, you're more likely to use a modern browser. But it's not the sole reason. Later during the day, one of the speakers asked the crowd is there were librarians in the room, and an unusual number of hands raised. I like to think that librarians understand better than most the need for common standards for information conservation, and the choice of tools to access this information, hence choosing massively Firefox.
Le communiqué de presse explique tout...
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