Firefox Gaining On Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web Browser

We switched our web browser from Internet Explorer to Firefox a long time ago, due to the better stability, security and customization available with the free, open-source Firefox browser. In addition, Firefox has a large number of user-created extensions that you can add to the browser to aid your online web searching and research.

This article from Forbes.com details the gains that Firefox has made against Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

Mozilla’s Firefox Web browser continues to burn a path into Microsoft’s house–the PC.

The open source Web browser software is gaining on Microsoft’s (nasdaq: MSFT – news – people ) Internet Explorer, amassing 11.3% of the global browser market, up from 9.5% at the beginning of the year, according to Web traffic tracking from Net Applications. IE’s share slid from 85.3% in January to 83.6% in July.

In the U.S., Firefox’s claim is even larger, with 15.8% in July up from 14.1% at the end of last year, according to Web analytics firm OneStat.

On Monday, Mozilla said that downloads of the Firefox browser had reached the 200 million mark, but noted that this number doesn’t represent 200 million users.

While Firefox picks away at its user-base, Microsoft is readying its new challenger, IE7, the long-awaited major update to Internet Explorer, which should arrive from Microsoft by the end of the year, though various beta versions were released throughout the year. Features favored by Firefox users, such as tabbed browser windows, will be included in Microsoft’s offering.

When the final version of IE7 launches, it will be pushed out to Windows users via an automatic update, the company said Wednesday. Users will have a choice whether or not to install the software.

You can find out more about the Firefox web browser and download it for free @ Mozilla Firefox.