Mozilla Firefox 4 has received almost seven million downloads on its release day earlier this week, trouncing Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 launch.
While Microsoft reported 2.35 million downloads of IE9 in its first day, Mozilla’s latest open source browser is already nearing 11 million downloads in two days, according to Mozilla’s own visual data.
The last major release from Mozilla, Firefox 3, had more than eight million downloads in its release day, trumping all other operating system releases so far.
Internet Explorer is still leading the way in global market share of web browsers, followed by Firefox and then Google’s Chrome browser, according to StatCounter’s global statistics.
Google has also been upgrading its browser, releasing an upgraded beta of its latest Chrome version. The beta update is focussed mainly on web developers, offering support for HTML speech input that allows app-makers to use voice-to-text functions and also offering a look at 3D CSS for adding 3D effects to web pages.