Firefox has misplaced 46M customers over the past three years

Firefox loses more than 46 million users over the last three years

The online browser that was as soon as an enormous participant within the early 2000s is on the decline.
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A Reddit thread by u/nixcraft (through itsfoss) seen a downward development from Firefox’s personal Public Information Report that exhibits practically 46 million customers ditching Firefox over the past three years for a special web browser.  

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Firefox Data

Firefox Desktop App customers – December 2018 (Picture credit score: Firefox)

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Firefox Desktop app customers – July 2021 (Picture credit score: Firefox)

On the finish of 2018, the reported lively month-to-month customers of the Firefox desktop consumer had been about 244 million, however in Q2 2021 that quantity dropped to 198 million customers. Whereas nonetheless a powerful quantity, the sluggish decline of customers might be a extra telling signal of issues to come back for the highest various to Chromium browsers. 

Mozilla launched Firefox again in 2002 as a extra user-friendly various to Chromium-based browsers that targeted on privateness and safety. By 2008 Firefox was answerable for 30% of all browser utilization, with Web Explorer nonetheless having the lion’s share of the market at round 60% and Google Chrome in its infancy. Now, Chrome sits atop the internet browser throne at 65% of the market share, with Firefox and Edge accounting for round 3% apiece on desktop, cellular units, and consoles. 

Why the drop-off? Firefox customers have usually complained concerning the lack of considerable efficiency updates in the previous few years, together with the divisive Firefox 89 UI overhaul that satisfied some long-time customers to attempt their luck with different browsers. It additionally does not assist that Google Chrome is now the default browser on practically all Android units all over the world, Microsoft Edge is doing the identical on Home windows machines, and we will not overlook Safari on Macs and iPhones.  

With an increasing number of web sites optimizing for Chrome in order that they’ll load quicker, it will be an uphill battle for Firefox to stay aggressive and peel customers away from the Google ecosystem. With 197 million customers, Firefox is not going to vanish in a single day, and a few people nonetheless actually like what Mozilla is doing. Nonetheless, it will be very attention-grabbing to see what the following steps are for the open-source browser. 

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