Mozilla Firefox's newest browser, Firefox 4 has gotten off to a roaring start with 7 million downloads in 24 hours, topping its main browser rival, Internet Explorer 9.
Mozilla released the fourth major version of its popular Firefox browser on Tuesday morning; and by Wednesday it had reached the 7 million downloads mark. In contrast, Microsoft's latest Internet Explorer browser, IE9 had only 2.5 million downloads in its first 24 hours.
That said, IE9 is limited to computers running the Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems, which have less than 30 percent of the market compared to Windows XP's nearly 70 percent share, according to netmarketshare.com.
The latest version of Firefox is the fastest yet, claims Mozilla. It is available on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux in more than 80 languages.
According to research company StatCounter, Firefox has made significant share gains over the past few years in terms of competing with Microsoft Internet Explorer. While IE is still the champion with 45 percent share, Firefox's second place 30 percent share is up four percent from 2008. IE is down 15 percent, having to compete with not only Firefox, but Google Chrome, Apple Safari and mobile browsers as well.