Mozilla: Firefox Lost 6-9 Million Downloads Because Of Microsoft’s Browser Choice ‘Glitch’

Mozilla’s VP of business affairs and general counsel Harvey Anderson has blogged that Firefox lost millions of downloads because of the “browser choice” screen glitch for Windows users in Europe.

He gave the following stats,

  • Daily Firefox downloads decreased by 63% to a low of 20,000 just prior to the fix;
  • After the fix, Firefox downloads increased 150% to approximately 50,000 per day; and
  • Cumulatively 6 to 9 million Firefox browser downloads were lost during this period.

Microsoft agreed to present the browser choice screen to Windows users as part of the deal with EC. A serious technical glitch made the browser choice screen not presented to users for no.of months. And even EC sent a statement of objections to Microsoft regarding this matter.

While none of the OS providers present any browser choice screen, Should Microsoft alone do this in Windows? What do you think?

Source: Lockshot via: ZDnet

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