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Firefox is – for the first time ever – the number one browser in Europe, according to StatCounter. Firefox has 38.11% of the European market share, while Internet Explorer (IE) is in the second place with 37.52%.
However; Firefox merely stood its ground while Google Chrome took the market share away from IE – Firefox didn’t experience great growth .
StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen says “This appears to be happening because Google’s Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share.” Due to its rather agressive marketing Google Chrome has experienced great growth in Europe in 2010. Its market share jumped to 14.58%, compared to 5.06% in December 2009.
The European Commission made Microsoft implement a browser choice screen into Windows in early 2010. That allows all the users choose between several major browsers, including IE, Firefox, Google’s Chrome and Opera.
This interference by the European Commission must have contributed to IE’s diminishing market share. Suprisingly enough Opera reported a big increase in downloads after this policy was implemented.
StatCounter data comes from its network of more than 3 million websites, with a sample exceeding 15 billion page views per month.