Last week, Microsoft proudly announced that Internet Explorer 9 had been downloaded 2.35 million times in the first 24 hours of availability, and we have to admit, we were impressed. With Firefox 4 launching just a little over a week after IE9, we were eager to see how the download numbers would compare.
Mozilla's method for showing off its impressive number of downloads is a little different. Rather than announce it via its blog, the company has created a website specially for the purpose and the number is updating in real time. By the end of yesterday, Mozilla had logged around 3 million and at 10 a.m. this morning, it was at around 7 million.
Mozilla's stat counter site, glow.mozilla.org, is actually very neat. It shows you how many people are downloading Firefox 4, and, thanks to the wonders of IP addresses, where they are in the world. You can also break it down by continent, country, state and city.
There’s no way of knowing if this tracker takes into account downloads that were started on Monday, when a link to the final version on Mozilla's FTP was posted on news sites and forums around the web. Mozilla has yet to release an official statement on how the first day of downloads went, but no doubt we’ll hear from them soon enough, and hopefully it will clarify things.
Try Firefox out here:
Windows : http://www.tomsguide.com/us/download/Mozilla-Firefox,0301-7374.html
Mac : http://www.tomsguide.com/us/download/Mozilla-Firefox,0301-7374-27688.html
Linux : http://www.tomsguide.com/us/download/Mozilla-Firefox,0301-7374-27690.html
Linux x64 : http://www.tomsguide.com/us/download/Mozilla-Firefox,0301-7374-27692.html