Firefox Grabs Lead from Internet Explorer in the European Browser War

By on Jan 5, 2011 in Europe, Internet, Technology, World Comments

Mozilla Firefox grabbed the lead position away from Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and became the top web browser in Europe for December 2010. According to a report published by StatCounter Global Stats yesterday, Mozilla Firefox now has 38.11% of European web browser market share, while IE has 37.52%.

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StatCounter offers free online visitor stats tools to help their members to monitor the number of hits as well as other relevant statistics of the members’ website. The statistics include the geographical location of visitors and other related useful data for website owners.

“This is the first time that IE has been dethroned from the number one spot in a major territory,” said Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter. “This appears to be happening because Google’s Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share,” added Cullen.

In the same report, Google Chrome is in third place with 14.58% market share in Europe, while Safari has 4.62% share.

StatCounter takes pride in their data sample and they confirmed that it is based on aggregate data collected by them on a sample exceeding 15 billion page views per month from a pool of more than more than 3 million websites that is part of the StatCounter network.

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