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Firefox 3.5 is released just as it is about to become Europe’s #1 browser… get ready for a wild ride


Firefox 3.5 was released today, after nearly a year of development. More on that in my next post.

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As you can see from the chart above, Firefox is just about to become the #1 browser in Europe (according to StatCounter), a monumental feat for the browser.

So, you might assume that this trend will continue going, IE steadily losing share and Firefox steadily gaining it. But there’s a good chance this won’t happen.

Well, Internet Explorer still claims the #1 position in Europe, so webmasters and programmers are still most likely to optimize their sites for it. Even as Mozilla narrows the gap to about a one percent difference, IE still claims the title of being the most used browser.

Then, Firefox will reach the key number (in this case, about 44%), and developers will start optimizing their sites for Firefox. Expect to see banners like this on European sites.

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User-created Firefox banner. Credit: Heymyn on SpreadFirefox

Europe (as with all continents except maybe Africa) is a big part of the Internet, and Microsoft won’t let this slide. Expect to see a lot of competition (as in a lot more) between browsers worldwide from now on.

I’m going to start working on a video congratulating the Paris-based MozillaEurope. Expect to see it on my YouTube channel sometime soon.

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