Firefox market share climbs 20 percent in Europe

Firefox is on a tear. Could it use a boost?

Ars Technica (Data from XiTi Monitor)

And the beat goes on. As XiTi Monitor's data shows, Firefox has been on a European tear, gaining ground at a 20 percent clip to take 28 percent market share in Europe. The loser in the battle? Internet Explorer.

The data also shows that Firefox users upgrade more often than Internet Explorer (with the majority of IE users sticking with pre-IE7 versions). There's a clear reason: People use Firefox by choice (they must download it, after all) and IE by Microsoft/PC manufacturer fiat. Most users take what is given to them and never think twice about it...until the malware hits.

Mozilla's opportunity is both to help overcome the PC manufacturer lethargy away from IE and to encourage people to make the Firefox choice. The first requires business drive and acumen, and the second requires evangelism. Could Mozilla use an upgrade on both counts? Or do the numbers suggest its strategy is working?

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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