Firefox nears 30% market share in Europe

Gains five percentage points in 2007, says French metrics companyMozilla Corp.’s Firefox browser finished 2007 with nearly 30% of the European browser market, a French Web metrics company reported today.The open-source browser’s average European market share improved five percentage points during the year in the 32 European countries tracked by XiTi Monitor, a Web measurement site operated by Applied Technologies Internet in Merignac, France. Firefox’s gains in Europe, as elsewhere, came at the expense of Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer.;775685232;fp;2;fpid;1Firefox Gains Share In Europe
Still, the upstart browser remained a distant second to Microsoft Internet Explorer, which ended the year with 66% of the market, according to Web metrics firm XiTi Monitor.Mozilla Firefox gained nearly 5% of the European Web browser market last year, ending 2007 with a 28% share, a Web metrics firm reported Tuesday.Despite the increase in use among Web surfers, Firefox remained a distant second to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which ended the year with 66% of the market, the French firm XiTi Monitor reported. The final number for IE represented a 1% drop from November.

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