Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) has been dethroned as the Europe’s leading web browser for the first time in years, according to the recent figures released by a web analytics company Stat Counter.
Mozilla Foundation’s Firefox 3 has surpassed the IE 7.0 to nab the top spot in the web browser domain in Europe, with the former gained an impressive market share of 35.05 percent, while the latter has had 34.54 percent of the total market share.
Although such narrow lead of Firefox was in terms of version number only, but overall, Microsoft leads all the way when all its versions are taken together.
However, the data clearly indicates that after year-long efforts Firefox has eventually managed to depose IE 7.0 as the most preferred individual web browser version.
Quoting reasons behind this impressive success of Firefox in Europe, Aodhan Cullen, Stat Counter’s chief exec, said in a statement, “The move is partly explained by a small switch from Internet Explorer 7 usage to Internet Explorer 8, but also by growing market share overall by Firefox 3”.
He further went on to say that Firefox is bridging the gap and is just around 10 percent behind all the IE versions in Europe.
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Could Internet Explorer 8 turn the tide or is it the beginning of the end for Microsoft's long dominant browser? Stat Counter obviously doesn't show the whole picture but the fact that Firefox 3 came first in one list is significant and may eventually be remembered as the first time FF surpassed IE anywhere in the world. It will be interesting to find out whether this is a one-off or a trend.