Mozilla’s Firefox has managed to overtake Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to become the most used web browser in Europe.
According to Statcounter, Firefox is now used by 38.11 per cent of the European market, whilst Internet Explorer holds only 37.52 per cent.
Google’s Chrome browser lags further behind in third place with 14.58 per cent market share, although has grown steadily over the last 12 months, gaining a 10 per cent increase.
"This is the first time that IE has been dethroned from the number one spot in a major territory”, Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter, remarked on the findings.
“This appears to be happening because Google's Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share."
Despite leading the way in Europe, Firefox is still trailing Internet Explorer in the US market by a large margin.
Internet Explorer has normally had an advantage over its rivals due to it coming as a pre-installed default browser on Windows systems. The advantage seems to have been lost due to Chrome encroaching on IE’s share, whilst Firefox has been able to maintain and grow its already strong user base.