HELSINKI, March 31 Microsoft last week lost
European browser market leadership for the first time in years,
when Mozilla's Firefox 3 took the top spot from Internet
Explorer 7, Web analytics firm StatCounter said on Tuesday.
Mozilla Foundation's Firefox 3 had 35.05 percent of the
European Web browser market last week, followed by Internet
Explorer 7 (MSFT.O) with 34.54 percent.
"The move is partly explained by a small switch from
Internet Explorer 7 usage to Internet Explorer 8, but also by
growing market share overall by Firefox 3," Aodhan Cullen, the
chief executive of StatCounter, said in a statement.
"The data shows that Firefox is closing the gap and is now
just 10 percent behind all Internet Explorer versions in
Europe," Cullen said.
In February Internet Explorer 7 had a global market share of
41 percent, followed by Firefox 3 with 24 percent, according to
(Reporting by Tarmo Virki)