After the Fox
Mozilla's Web browser Firefox is marking its first year on the Internet this week. In one year, the browser has grabbed 8.65% of the worldwide market and almost 14% of the European market, putting a dent in Microsoft's Internet Explorer dominance.
Since the debut of Firefox 1.0 last November, users have downloaded 106.4 million copies of the open-source Web browser, according to the Mozilla Foundation. Chris Beard, head of marketing and product management for Mozilla Corp. said that, "in the past year, Firefox helped validate the concept of an open-source browser and encourage its use through viral word-by-mouth marketing." And as Firefox enters its second year, several changes are in store. "In 2006, we plan to adopt a more aggressive product cycle," Beard said. "Firefox 2 will launch in the midpoint of next year and Firefox 3 will be out in the first quarter of 2007."
Microsoft IE is still very dominant in Malta. However, Firefox is gaining ground among all sorts of Internet users looking for a safer browser than Internet Explorer. According to XiTi Monitor, 11.6% of Internet users in Malta have Firefox on their computers. This figure doubled from XiTi's estimate for the previous month.
Owen Cutajar was one of the first Maltese adopters of Firefox last year, even before it was officially launched. Last June he asked one of my favourite questions when he blogged about the spread of Firefox.
A number of Maltese bloggers promote the free browser on their blogs: Diverse Ramblings and Kenneth's Online Repository are just two.
Do I need to add that I use Firefox too?