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Firefox 3 launch a success: 8 million downloads in 24 hours

Mozilla’s Firefox 3 release event yesterday was an epic success. The servers logged over 8 million downloads during the 24-hour download day, and Mozilla has declared victory after exceeding its initial goal of 5 million downloads.

The rapid pace at which the downloads are occurring makes it difficult to compute an exact total. The counter appears to be lagging behind the actual count, and Mozilla’s statisticians say that the number could be as high as 3 million just four hours after Firefox’s official launch. Users can follow along at home by watching the counter at the official site.

Firefox 3 downloads have already exceeded the total number of downloads that took place in the first 24 hours after the Firefox 2 release. This is a significant milestone for Mozilla, which hopes that Firefox 3 will set the world record for the most software downloaded in a 24-hour period.

The display shows a breakdown by country, which indicates that the highest number of downloads is coming from the United States, followed by Germany and Spain. The US alone has reached over half a million downloads.

[ Spread Firefox | Download Day 2008 ]

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  1. May 21, 2009 at 7:15 am

    This number could have been much larger, but the server’s couldn’t handle the load…

    There were many more downloads of firefox3 during the first day from cnet itself, but they do not count for the record…

    8 million is a nice number, but the actual number is even bigger…

    I like firefox, especially for the addons but the browser is nowadays a bit slow… hope it cathces up chrome soon…

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