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Firefox-3-hits-19-Mn-Downloads
Christo Jacob
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
The browser war is getting hotter with the launch of Mozilla Firefox 3. Aimed at setting a new Guinness World Record for the most downloads in a slot of 24-hours, Mozilla's Firefox 3 browser has reached roughly 19 million downloads in its first week of availability.

The Mozilla foundation states that the software was downloaded 8.3 million times in its first 24 hours of release. The global downloads were so popular that they initially crashed the servers running the operation. At their busiest, the servers were handling more than 9,000 downloads per minute and within the first 24 hours after the launch of Firefox 3, the total number of downloads reached eight million, far exceeding the initial goal of five million.

Seeing the browser's market share climbing from 18.41 percent in May to 19.17 percent, Mozilla hopes Firefox 3 will reap the reward.

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