The open-source browser Firefox passed its billionth download on Friday, ahead of the release of its fourth iteration. The milestone includes downloads of all versions of the web software since its first release in 2004.
Figures suggest that Firefox now has nearly one third of the browser market worldwide, at 31%. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still dominates the field with around 60%, whilst Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari and Opera are all less than 5%.
The billionth download figure includes all versions of Firefox released since 2004 and includes single users downloading multiple copies for different computers. In addition, the figure includes anyone manually updating their software to the latest version, rather than waiting for the automatic download.