How many of the more than 7 million Firefox 4.0 downloads do you account for? Mozilla has a running counter that’s keeping track of how many people, and from where, have downloaded the latest version of its Firefox browser, which was officially released yesterday. The browsers wars are hotting up all over again.
Firefox 4 has been downloaded more than 5 million times in less than 24 hours since it became available, according to Mozilla’s official download stats page. According to Mozilla’s website, downloads were up to 6.8 million by 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, just over a day after the update was released.
Minutes before Firefox 4 turned a day old early Wednesday morning, it was on the verge of crossing 5 million. That adoption rate is impressive. In comparison, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 was downloaded 2.35 million times in its first 24 hours of availability.
The final version of Firefox 4 brings full CSS3 and HTML5 support, a redesigned UI, App Tabs, syncing across multiple devices and Panorama, a feature that lets you organize tabs into groups using a drag and drop interface. It also includes a “do not track” feature, designed to tell sites you visit that you don’t want to be tracked for advertising purposes. The sites still have to comply for it to work.
The browser is available for download in 80 languages on Windows, Mac and Linux and will be available soon on Android and Maemo devices, according to Mozilla. The Beeb kindly points out that there seems to be less heat this time around. Back in 2008, Firefox 3 was downloaded by more than 8 million people in 24 hours. A little more than 5 million people downloaded Firefox 4 within 24 hours of its release.