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Firefox downloads - one billion and counting

Launched less than five years ago, Firefox is now the most popular browser after Microsoft Internet Explorer

Firefox is now the most popular web browser after Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Firefox is now the most popular web browser after Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Mozilla’s free internet browser Firefox has been downloaded more than a billion times since it was launched in November 2004.

Microsoft Internet Explorer continues to dominate the browser market with a global share of about 57% though Mozilla Firefox comes in second with nearly 32%, according to the latest figures from .

To celebrate the achievement, Mozilla launched a new One Billion + You site for Firefox users that reflects “the wonders of the Web”.

“One notable thing is the first half of the billion took about 3 years and a half, while the second one less than a year and a half, due to Firefox popularity reflected in the global market share increase, currently hovering 30%,” a Mozilla blog post stated.

The number of downloads is not related to the number of Firefox users though, which is currently estimated to be around 250 million.