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3:12 pm on Jan 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Firefox Market Share Overtakes IE In Europe [uk.reuters.com]
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.

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chrome is being advertised quite heavily in UK (London anyway) using conventional media.
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So the mandatory "browser choice window" that Microsoft had to display to European users had some positive effect after all.
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Current version of Firefox is so buggy and bloated that it puts even Internet Explorer 5 to shame. This is a typical case of a blind leading a blind.
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I am using Firefox 3.6.13 and it runs fine. I think with a modern computer and the minimum requirement of RAM, the majority of users will not have any problem.

In fact, I built a Franken-computer recently of parts from 1997 with only 512mb of RAM and a Pentium processor. Installed Ubuntu and Firefox runs fine.
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i had a lot of memory hogging issues with firefox about 4 months ago but the latest releases seem to have fixed it.
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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).
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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.