Firefox 4 beats Microsoft IE9, bags 4.7m downloads in 24h

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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New York, Mar 23: The Firefox maker Mozilla has defeated the computer giant Microsoft in the web browser market by bagging double downloads than the Internet Explorer 9 in just 24 hours. It seems like the newly launched Firefox 4 has been spreading like a wildfire in the browser market.

The Microsoft's IE9 managed to get more than 2.3 million downloads in just 24 hours after its launch on Mar 15. It was a quite impressive performance by Internet Explorer 9 as it runs only on Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems and doesn't support widely used Windows XP.

Leaving the IE9 records behind, the new Firefox 4 bagged 4.7 million downloads in less than 24 hours after the launch. Mozilla has launched a special website, Mozilla Glow site, which tracks the total downloads of Firefox 4 around the globe. When publishing this article, the number has crossed 5,432,650!

Mozilla launched the stable release of Firefox 4 on Tuesday, Mar 22. The new Firefox 4 has new features like the Awesome Bar, which will automatically completes possible matches from users browsing history, bookmarked sites and open tabs.

Firefox 4 has a brand new User Interface to make browsing easier and more efficient. It makes the Tabs above the Awesome Bar, new Firefox Button, Bookmark Button, Home Button etc. Other features include Stay Sync feature, Password manager, Form complete, Pop-Up Blocker, Integrated Web Search, Session Restore, Spell Checking, One-Click Bookmarking etc.

The web browser market is becoming more competitive with the launch of latest versions of browsers. Just after the Firefox 4 release, Google rolled out the Chrome 11 beta version with HTML5 speech input API that allows users to speak with their computers through microphones and in return, it will be available in typed format!

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