Firefox's share of the web browser
market slipped a bit in July, while Internet Explorer
gained by an equal amount, a website analysis firm said
Market share for the
Mozilla Foundation's open-source browser dipped to
8.07 percent in July from a high of 8.71 percent in
June, according to NetApplications, which gathered the
data from the 40,000 websites it monitors.
Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer, on the other
hand, increased its market share to 87.2 percent from
86.56 percent, the Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based, company,
said. The Mac browser
Safari showed modest growth to 2.13 percent, while
most other browsers experienced little change.
“Microsoft’s Internet Explorer actually gained ground
at the expense of
FireFox," Dan Shapero, chief operating officer for
NetApplications, said in a statement.
While at 8.07 percent, Firefox was reaching mass
appeal; August was expected to be a "telling month,"
Earlier this month, the non-profit Mozilla Foundation
for-profit subsidiary to take over the development
and marketing of Firefox and the group's Thunderbird
email client. The Mozilla Corp. was formed to eliminate
legal and tax issues that would arise, if the foundation
tried to make money from its desktop products, officials
Market share for other browsers in July were 1.5
percent for Netscape, 0.49 percent for Opera, 0.52
percent for Mozilla and 0.09 percent for others,
according to NetApplications.