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Xiti rates Firefox fifth

Internet browser based on open source, the Mozilla Firefox, has recorded a market share of more than 20 per cent in Europe, according to the latest figures released by French web metrics firm, XiTi.

Web browser is an application, which enable Internet users to access the world wide web, while open source is in relation with non-payment of royalty on or before usage unlike Microsoft Internet Explorer among others.

XiTi said the rating was based on a sample of 32.5m website visits, noted that Finland has the highest proportion of Firefox users, followed by Slovenia and Germany.

It found that the open-source browser is used by 38, 36 and 30 per cent of users in these countries, respectively.

According to United Kingdom-based ZDNet reports, UK has one of the lowest proportions of Firefox users in Europe, which accounts for only 11 per cent of website visits there.

The 20-per cent overall figure for Europe is an average calculated from the figures obtained for each European country, according to XiTi.

But XiTi’s figures should probably be taken with a grain of salt, as Firefox usage tends to be highest over the weekend, according to Mozilla Europe.

The Firefox browser is less used during the week, as enterprises are more conservative when it comes to using a newer browser.

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