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Firefox 3 aims for world record

Mozilla is hoping to set a new world record for the most downloads in 24 hours when it releases the final version of Firefox 3.0. The firm hopes to hit 1.6 million downloads in one day.

Website ‘Spread Firefox' is running a drive to encourage web users to sign up and pledge to download the browser on launch day. At the time of writing, almost one million people have signed up, with between 100,000-500,000 pledges originating from the U.S.

The countries with the next most pledges include Brazil and Poland, which each have between 50,000-100,000 people ready to download Firefox 3.0. In the Gulf region, Saudi Arabia and Egypt stand out, with between 1,000-5,000 pledges.

The highly anticipated launch is set for sometime in mid-June, when the company expects about 1.6 million downloads in a single day.

Meanwhile, Mozilla announced last week that the second release of Firefox 3.0 is publicly available for download. According to a blog on the developer's website, the public preview release is "intended for developer testing and community feedback. It includes new features as well as dramatic improvements to performance, memory usage and speed".

Firefox currently has a market share of about 20% and over the years has continued to gain ground on Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which enjoys an overwhelming majority at present.

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