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December 8, 2005

Firefox 1.5 sparks adoption

Mozilla Corp's recent release of its new Firefox 1.5 sparked new user adoption, putting the browser on track to reach the 10% market threshold, according to NetApplications, which tracks these things.

By CBR Staff Writer

During November, Firefox continued to gain share, reaching 8.84%. That’s an increase over 8.59% the month before.

What’s interesting is that in the last week of November, Firefox hit as high as 9.09% market share, which is indicative of its potential to hit a critical mass of 10%, said Vince Vizzaccaro, executive VP of strategic relationships at Aliso Viejo, California-based NetApplications. The new release is noticeably quicker and it offers improved security over its predecessor.

Firefox’s market-share gains have been fast and choppy during the past year.

Apple Computer Inc’s Safari reached a smaller share, or 2.78%, than Firefox last month, but Safari’s growth has been much steadier. A year ago, Safari usage was 1.56% and it has risen each month without slipping.

Firefox is second in market share only to Microsoft Internet Explorer, which reached 86.08%, while Netscape, with a 1.25% share, trails Safari.

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