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Firefox Browser Growth Slows
By: MarkJ - 01 March, 2005 (9:15 AM)

Analyst WebSideStory has reported that the growth rate of Firefox, a free website browser, slowed to 15% in the five weeks prior to 18th Feb 2005. During the six week period before that it held 22%:

These figures compare with a 34 per cent increase between 5 November and 3 December, which coincided with the release of Firefox 1.0 on 9 November.

WebSideStory chief executive Jeff Lunsford noted that, according to a recent report by the Mozilla Foundation, there have been 25 million downloads of the Firefox browser in the past 100 days.

"The download numbers continue to impress us and the mainstream press. We track usage rather than downloads, however, and are seeing that the growth in Firefox usage has slowed since its big surge in November. This is probably to be expected as we move beyond the early adopter segment," he said.

The news adds weight to all those that predicted a slower uptake than expected, although it does nothing to change peoples positive perception of the browser itself. Many rightly feel that it's far better than MS IE. More @ VNUNet.

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