Mozilla’s free, open-source Web browser Firefox Version 4 was downloaded around 5 million times in its first 24 hours. Minutes before Firefox 4 turned a day old early Wednesday morning, it was on the verge of crossing 5 million.
That adoption rate is impressive. By comparison, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9, rolled out last week, was downloaded about 2.3 million times during the first day it was available.
The latest version of Firefox features full support for emerging coding language HTML 5, tabs for apps, a redesigned user interface and a feature that helps users organize tabs for the websites they visit frequently.
Internet Explorer remains the Web’s most popular browser, with about 43 percent of the market, according to analytics site StatCounter. Firefox is second, and gaining, with about 30 percent. In third place is Google’s Chrome browser, which has about 17 percent.
You can download this latest version of Firefox here.