Mozilla's Firefox browser has overtaken Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the leader in Europe, the first time Microsoft's browser has lost its top spot in a major market, a web analytics firm StatCounter said.
In December, the open-source Firefox took 38.1 percent of European market share, while Internet Explorer's share slipped to 37.5 percent. Google Chrome saw its share rising to 14.6 percent from just 5.1 percent a year earlier.
"This appears to be happening because Google's Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share," Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter chief executive, said in a statement.
Msg#: 4248961 posted 4:51 pm on Jan 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
Firefox isn't really that bloated until you install addons.
When I first tried Chrome I couldn't believe how fast it was compared to FF. But if you install a load of extensions, suddenly it's not so responsive and in particular the memory usage goes through the roof, especially if you browse with a lot of tabs open at once (as I believe the extensions are loaded for each separate process with Chrome).
Msg#: 4248961 posted 12:35 am on Feb 9, 2011 (gmt 0)
So the mandatory "browser choice window" that Microsoft had to display to European users had some positive effect after all.
That's what the MSFT PR machine wants to tell. It keeps both the regulators off of their case if they're stupid enough to buy the story without hard proof. And the EU market likes underdogs over multizillion dollar corporations anyway, so even there playing the victim is in their benefit.