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Firefox 2.0 Can’t Keep Pace with IE7

Mozilla's Firefox 2.0 is not receiving wide acceptance against users' immense adoption of Microsoft with its delivery of Internet Explorer 7 featuring Automatic Updates. Such was the conclusion that Web metrics company Janco Associates presented. Softpedia published this observation on March 30, 2007.

According to Janco Associates, Internet Explorer 7 has affected the rate of Firefox adoption. The impact is particularly by version 2.0 as it allows Microsoft's browser to function as 'automatic update' to Windows users' desktops.

The two browsers are different in that while Firefox 2.0 shows the actual address in the address bar, IE7 keeps on showing the URL that the user keyed into the address bar. The latter therefore gives an artificial feeling of security.

Mozilla has always been ahead of Internet Explorer in popularity. Since March 2006 it has acquired an ascending trajectory in contrast to IE.

In March 2006, Internet Explorer took up 84.7% of the market share. Even after the launch of IE7 in November 2006, IE could not make up to an increased acceptance. The new version of Internet Explorer found its launch in late last year yet the browser software of Microsoft, Internet Explorer went down in popularity.

In January, Firefox experienced a slight setback but it seemed to return on the offensive to IE in February 2007. It had a brief stoppage to its assault on the market share of Microsoft's Internet Explorer in January this year, said Vincent Vizzaccaro of Net Applications. Webuser published it in early March 2007.

After Mozilla released its Firefox 2.0 near about that time, it jumped from 13.5% to 14% within a one-month period between November-December 2006. However, it came down to 13.7% in January before rising again in February. Webuser published this in early March 2007.

There has now started a stabilization process in the market place. Over the last three years, IE lost nearly 15% of market popularity that is now leveling off. Net Applications confirmed that Microsoft has made up for its browser's loss in market share for two years, said Victor Janulaitis, Janco's CEO. Softpedia published this on March 30, 2007.

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