In the week after the arrival of Firefox 5, Firefox 4′s market share dropped by more than half, going from 16% to 7.2% according to analytics company StatCounter. During the same period, Firefox 5′s share of the market rose form 0.50% to 10%, signifying that the new version took on the decline of Firefox 4 and more.
By comparison, Chrome’s most recent upgrade made Firefox’s gains seem less dramatic. With the release of Chrome 12, Chrome 11′s share plummeted from 17% to 2.7% in the first seven days, a drop of approximately 84% in usage. Chrome 12′s market share, on the other hand, jolted up from 0.70% to 15.5% in the same time frame.
The following web browsers were tested:
Internet Explorer 10 (Platform Preview 2)
Internet Explorer 9
Google Chrome 13 (13.0.782.41)
Google Chrome 12 (12.0.742.112)
Safari 5.0.5 (7533.21.1)
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The retirement of Firefox 4 isn’t sitting well with corporate IT and a Microsoft executive made sure to capitalize upon the situation by pleading the case for Internet Explorer in the enterprise yesterday.
I think I speak for everyone on the IE team when I say we’d like the opportunity to win back your business. We’ve got a great solution for corporate customers with both IE8 and IE9, and believe we could help you address the challenges you’re currently facing. - Ari Bixhorn, director of IE at Microsoft
Several corporate IT managers have displayed discomfort with Mozilla’s decision to deliver new editions of Firefox every six weeks with its new rapid release program. This discomfort centers around the retirement of Firefox 4 from security support as well as their inability to test any new version beforehand.
The Firefox 4 EOL (End of Live) is a kick in the stomach. I’m now in the terrible position of choosing to deploy a Firefox 4 release with potentially unpatched vulnerabilities, reset the test cycle for thousands of internal apps to validate Firefox 5 or stay on a patched Firefox 3.6.x. - John Walicki of IBM
Recently, Mozilla has revealed some of the Firefox add-on installation statistics for curious people to check out.
According to the blog post, an incredible 85% of Firefox 4 users have add-ons installed, excluding Personas or other extensions that are bundled with other software packages aka forced installations. Mozilla has also stated that due to upgrades, the number varies but managed to stay at 85-89%.
To put it into perspective: more than 60 million Firefox users use add-ons every day with the average of 5 add-ons per web browser install.
[Thanks fforever, Ichan]
Assuming your web browsers curiosity is through the roof and you have a plenty of time to dedicate, here is a useful web page to try.
Taligarsiel.com includes thousands upon thousands lines of text to explain (mostly) everything you ever wanted to know about the web browsers, from rendering engines to the structure itself.
Furthermore, it covers four major web browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari.
The cake is not a lie.
With the release of Firefox 5, Microsoft’s IE team has decided to spoil Mozilla with a sweet surprise and sent them a cake.
As Firefox release cycle picks up the phase, we are wondering if the software giant will continue its delicious tradition.
Along with the release of Firefox 5 on Tuesday, Mozilla showed off the vulnerabilities that had been patched in that version of Firefox as well as in 2010′s Firefox 3.6, making no mention of any bugs fixed in Firefox 4, however. The reason for this is that Firefox 4 has reached its EOL, short for End of Life, with regard to vulnerability patches according to Mozilla.