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Firefox: browser ballot glitch cost us 9m downloads

Firefox: browser ballot glitch cost us 9m downloads

Posted on 31 Oct 2012 at 10:40

Author: Nicole Kobie

Microsoft's failure to show the browser ballot meant fewer people downloaded Firefox

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Firefox losing downloads wouldn't also have anything to do with the release of 16, complete with a security vunerability, would it?

By ElectricPics on 31 Oct 2012


What for the whole of that period shown on the graph? :-/

By treadmill on 31 Oct 2012


"one possible reason why the organisation considers the browser ballot so important to its success."

I'm not convinced and we all know that big wads of cash from Google are the only thing that really keeps Mozilla afloat.

The browser ballot is just a way for EU bureaucrats to get MS to pay for their big fat expense accounts and gold plated pensions.

And another thing, given that the iPad is the dominant player in the tablet market, why don't Apple have to implement a browser ballot?

By rjp2000 on 31 Oct 2012

a load of codswallop

There was never at any time no ability to download a browser of your choice even before the ridiculous court ruling.
If MS had decided to fully implement the EU ruling no one would have been able to connect to the internet through IE to download anything as they were suggesting they would not install IE at all to pacify the moaners.

By curiousclive on 31 Oct 2012

The ruling was flawed

The only ruling that would have made sense would have been to force MS to make IE fully uninstallable. So could use it to download your browser of choice then uninstall IE if not wanting it.
Just like you can uninstall safari on Apple OS's.

By curiousclive on 31 Oct 2012


Of course it has nothing to to with the fact that Firefox has become bloated, clunky and slow. I'm one of the 'lost downloads' as I switched back to Chrome or IE because of it. Take some responsibility for your flawed product.

By everton2004 on 31 Oct 2012

Looks an uninterrupted decline to me

Just working by eye on that graph, but I can convince myself that the smoothed out tendency from the start in early 2010 to virtually the end of 2011 is a gentle decline, so that the "lost" downloads are simply the result of a continuing process that has to be non-ballot related.

By AdrianB on 31 Oct 2012


Agreed, Firefox used to be my only choice but I use Chrome now. I only use FF now for the Download Helper addon for YouTube videos.

By kingjulian on 1 Nov 2012

Haven't used Firefox for ages, mostly Chrome/IE/iBrowse.

By Coltch on 1 Nov 2012


@treadmill - fair point! In that case I can only agree with everton2004 in that Firefox has evolved from why it stood out from IE into just another bloated browser. I used IE from the early days, believing other browsers to be 'also-rans'. I dabbled with Firefox but eventually its unreliability and crashes prompted me to try Chrome over two years ago, and I haven't regretted it at all.

By ElectricPics on 1 Nov 2012

Grammar Error!

"have some affect on the market"; shouldn't that be "have some effect on the market" or is it correct in Canadian English?

By BornOnTheCusp on 1 Nov 2012

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