Firefox now more popular than Internet ExplorerMikey 23 comments
After reacting to a tweet from a follower who was reluctant to drop support of IE6, I checked the latest browser stats and found something unexpected.
Firefox is now in use more than all versions of Internet Explorer combined, and by a large margin. This is obviously good news for Mozilla and web designers, but we can't break out the champagne just yet.
While Firefox is at 46.6% market share, Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 combined are at 39.6% combined. But, as more people start dropping IE6 and IE7, you can expect a lot of them to upgrade to the next version of Internet Explorer which will narrow that gap unless Firefox continues to climb.
Another positive consideration though is that the vast majority of Internet Explorer users are using said browser because it came with their computer, whereas the 46.6% of Firefox users represent the percentage of people who made an actual decision to use Firefox. That number is a true representation of popularity.
Anyway, as someone who openly dismisses Internet Explorer and who cares about the future of the web, I thought this was exciting enough news to share.
Long live Firefox.