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Firefox doubles market share as IE slips
By By Gavin Clarke in San Francisco
Published Thursday 28th April 2005 09:23 GMT

As Microsoft unveiled details of a "more secure" desktop operating system this week, news emerged that the company's browser is losing business users because of - among other things - security.

A survey of 168,000 surfers hitting business web sites has found Internet Explorer has lost nearly two percentage points of market share. IE's open source nemesis Firefox, meanwhile, doubled its presence.

Janco Associates found IE had 83.7 per cent of the market for this month, down from 84.85 per cent, while Firefox grew from 4.23 per cent to 10.28 per cent. Janco believes Firefox could take 25 per cent market share in the next quarter.

Separately, Infocraft reported the browser is approaching nearly 50m downloads, up from February's milestone figure of 25m, which was recorded 99 days after Firefox 1.0 became available last November.

Janco's chief executive, Victor Janulaitis, said, "There's a lot of people who say: 'I'm tired of Microsoft. The one thing that has gotten us, is Microsoft knows about security defects, but it takes a long time to get it fixed'."

According to vulnerability monitoring service Secunia, 19 out of an estimated 80 security advisories for IE 6.x currently remain "unpatched" compared to four from a total of 15 Firefox 1.x advisories. Secunia says warnings for IE range into the category "highly critical" while outstanding Firefox alerts are "less critical".

Janulaitis cautioned that Firefox's reputation for security would likely be eroded as the browser becomes more widely used and hackers increase their attacks. ģ
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It's true... firefox is a great thing.

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Heh, we run IE (of course) at work. I run FF at home. I find myself hitting ctrl+t at work all the time.

Tab browsing is a beautiful thing.

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Yeah, tab browsing would be nice in IE......

I dunno why people hate on IE so much; just patch it all the time and run a firewall. I guess if IE weren't "integrated into the OS" so damn much; there wouldn't be all these problems with it.

Oh wells.


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you answered your own question... why on earth should I need to patch all the time & run a firewall

IE is severely lacking in features too, though.
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I'm lazy, so I don't want to patch IE every 38 seconds.

I also find FF to be faster than IE. The download manager is cool, there are good looking skins out there for it, alot of neat extensions can be added, built in google search bar, the built in pop up blocker....and alot of other cool stuff.

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I have netscape....IE is only good for those pages that need to use IE and i dont see too many opf those

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Yeah it's very rare I find I need to run IE anymore. Safari sometimes has some errors, but Firefox almost never.
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Afer reading that, I take it more people have become smarter...I will never go back to using IE unless I HAVE to...

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IMO, I'd rather have a 100% displaying correct and working correct webpage (*ahem* Dan and his "the names are all on the right side *ahem*) quirks and things just not loading right.

Anyway, I used Opera for a while, but I always had FireFox / Mozilla crashing on me... IE also has embedded PDF (turn a webpage into a PDF) support, which I use a lot.

Patches + Firewall + MSIE = me happy


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