Firefox Growth, Market Share Slow
The recent market share growth enjoyed by the open source Latest News about open source Firefox browser has begun to slow in recent months, according to the latest data from U.S. industry watchers. Analyst WebSideStory reported today that Firefox’s market share gains against rival Internet Explorer slowed to a comparatively modest 15 percent increase in the five weeks leading up to 18 February 2005. In the six weeks before that, the Web watching firm reported that Firefox grew at 22 percent. These figures compare with a 34 percent increase between November 5th and December 3rd, which coincided with the release of Firefox 1.0 on November 9th.
WebSideStory chief executive Jeff Lunsford noted that, according to a recent report by the Mozilla Foundation, there have been 25 million downloads of the Firefox browser in the past 100 days. “The download numbers continue to impress us and the mainstream press. We track usage rather than downloads, however, and are seeing that the growth in Firefox usage has slowed since its big surge in November. This is probably to be expected as we move beyond the early adopter segment,” he said.
Well, no kidding. Almost by definition, high rates of growth are going to decline. Microsoft and Wal-Mart aren’t growing like they once did, either. By this article’s logic, a company achieving 100% market domination would be a dismal failure, since its growth in the next quarter would be non-existent.