Firefox hits 20% market share… so what???

November 4, 2008

Mozilla have announced on their blog that Firefox usage hit 20% for two weeks in October. The figures come from a report by Market Share from Net Applications. It’s a milestone for Firefox use so they rightly shout about it.

There seem to be a few negative blog posts about this saying ‘so what’ and ‘more to do’ etc but I actually think this is a massive achievement given that their main competitor gets bundled into home PC’s and is widely distributed on businesses desktops. And the fact that Mozilla haven’t bundled it with adverts or overtly tried to create a revenue stream from this audience should be commended in my opinion.

In my experience of running websites for the financial services and travel industries I have never experienced a site which had more than 10% of it’s users on Firefox, so Mozilla still have to break into some areas. I’d be really interested to know what their penetration for different categories of sites was, anyone know?

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