Users downloaded nearly 7 million copies of the new Firefox 4 in the 24 hours since its launch yesterday, Mozilla’s running tally claimed.
That number was almost triple the 2.4 million copies of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) that Microsoft claimed were downloaded in its browser’s first day of availability last week. (Also see “Browser Feature War: IE9 vs Firefox 4 vs Chrome 9.”)
Mozilla officially launched Firefox 4 Tuesday at around 10:00 a.m. EDT, bagging an even million in the first three hours. According to Mozilla’s real-time calculator , about 6.5 million copies of Firefox 4 had been downloaded by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.
But while Firefox 4’s first-day count trounced IE9’s, it fell short of the record established by Firefox 3.0 in mid-2008 when that browser was downloaded more than 8 million times. Then, Mozilla had pushed for a Guinness World Record with a “Download Day” campaign that urged users to flood its servers with requests. Firefox’s Guinness record still stands.
Not surprisingly, Firefox 4 is doing best in Europe, long a Mozilla stronghold.
Of the 7.6 million downloads counted by 11:30 a.m. ET, 44 percent went to users in Europe, while North America accounted for 26 percent. Asia came in third, with 20%, with South America, Africa and Oceania all in single digits.
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