Mozilla recently posted that just 24 hours after Mozilla Firefox 2.0 to the public on 24th October, 2 million people downloaded it – that is 30 downloads a second. To compare this figure with Microsoft’s IE7 release of only half a million downloads in the first 24 hours, it becomes clear there is a active community that follows Mozilla and anticipates new versions.
Looking back on previous Firefox milestone releases:
- Firefox 1.0: 1 million downloads in the first 24 hours.
- Firefox 1.5: 1.5 million downloads in the first 24 hours
- Firefox 2: 2 million (actually slightly more) people using Firefox 2 in the first 24 hours.
IE7 was released last Wednesday. In the first four days over three million of you have already downloaded the final release.
Looks like Firefox has beaten IE7.