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Measuring browser use is an inexact science, we all know that, but at least one traffic monitor is reporting that Firefox has managed to beat out Internet Explorer as the most popular browser in the fine continent that is Europe. StatCounter reports that during the month of December, FF afficionados accounted for 38.11 percent of all analyzed traffic, a few precious digits ahead of IE's 37.52 percent. This marks the first time Microsoft's browser has lost the crown in a major territory, though apparently the handover of the number one spot has been thanks to the third player in this contest, Google's Chrome.

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http://www.overclock.net/software-ne...l#post11886440

repo, not the same source but the same topic.
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Didn't Europe pass some law where Windows couldn't force IE on users anymore, they had a choice to install another browser from the beginning without needing IE?
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Looks like Chrome has been building a fanbase that has robbed IE of users, while FF has been fairly steady (or slightly down). Of course, the method of collection may over count IE systems, because many people will set FF to report as IE to get onto various brain damaged web servers.

Or it might be that IE is driving people away, because IE8 was pretty icky, and I can only imagine IE9 is a worse mess. (I can't say because the only things I have ever done with IE9 is to download FF to install on new machines...)
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Didn't Europe pass some law where Windows couldn't force IE on users anymore, they had a choice to install another browser from the beginning without needing IE?
The settlement ended up that MS would have to supply a version to OEMs that was devoid of IE - OEMs could install whatever browser that they chose. So there are retail versions that have IE, and others that do not - but IE is no longer coupled to the system - and an IE version has to have the ability of being uninstalled in lieu of another browser.

In advance, and coupled with the settlement in the US, MS was forced to uncouple IE from the Windows kernel. However, there was some debate about how MS could include other browsers on the distribution disk itself, since the browser makers may not have the same release dates. So they are allowed to include IE on the system, but it can not be a "mandatory" part of the kernel, and can not have hidden hooks that deprive people of running other browsers. It was deemed acceptable as part of the settlement that IE can be included, but must be uninstallable, and can not infringe on the free operation of any other browser product. Nor can the kernel have "hooks" in it that impede "competing products" from having fair access on the Windows platform.

So even that the market lead for IE has eroded, it has lead to a much better OS - because other such hooks that impede other products have lead to the Trusted Computing Initiative, and hence, greater kernel level security, better performance, and less instrusive coding practices. MS is growing up a bit, and though they are maybe second place in browsers - their product is much improved over the crass old days, when their system was filled with spaghetti code, easter eggs, and other impedances.
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That's right, also, in Europe whenever you update Windows, and you don't have update x (can't remember the number) it will install as very important and give you the option to choose between IE, FF, Chrome, Opera, Safari, and some other browsers I can't think of right now.
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Firefox!!!
    
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Yea well people are stupid. Whats popular isnt always right. Internet Expolrer is the most secure.
    
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Yea well people are stupid. Whats popular isnt always right. Internet Expolrer is the most secure.
Aaaaw heck, IE is now the most secure? When did that happen?
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Yea well people are stupid. Whats popular isnt always right. Internet Expolrer is the most secure.
[Citation Needed]
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