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Firefox adoption surging in Europe

XITI, a French Internet Traffic (opens in new tab) analysis company, has released data that Firefox's adoption in some European countries may reach 50 percent by the end of the year.

Xiti however points to the fact that Firefox's market share stabilised between 27 and 28 percent from June onwards.

In Four European countries, Slovenia, Finland, Hungary and Poland, Firefox has managed to grab more than 40 percent of the browser market share.

The bottom five countries - which include UK - also see market share gains; Netherlands, which is the bottom country, has one Firefox fan out of every seven internet user.

Wired says that one of the reasons why Firefox is doing so well is because it has been quick to recognise the importance of internationalisation and localisation - Firefox is available in more than 40 languages.

Internet Explorer's browser share has dipped to 66 percent while Firefox rose to 28 percent worldwide. Opera and Safari's combined market share exceed 5 percent.

Xiti also reported that 90 percent of Firefox users are using the safer Firefox 2 version while more than fifty percent of Internet Explorer users are still sticking to the less secure sixth version of the browser.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.