Firefox tops 7 million downloads

Mozilla launched Firefox 4 yesterday and rather than release a first day download figure, the company decided to put up an interactive map of worldwide download stats.

Total downloads appear in the upper right hand corner of the map and, as of 9:30 this morning, the browser has already topped 7 million downloads. That overshadows Internet Explorer 9’s first-day download figure of 2.3 million, but doesn’t break the 8 million record set by Firefox 3.

According to Mozilla’s Twitter feed, the IE team sent them a congratulatory cake to celebrate the launch.

@loganfynne1 in better news, the IE team just sent us a congratulatory cake for #fx4. Thanks @IE! ^WRless than a minute ago via CoTweetFirefox

A day in, Europeans have downloaded the browser the most, with a little more than 2,907,000 downloads, followed by North America and Asia.

For those with time to kill this morning, the map is worth checking out, if only to watch the world wake up. Right now downloads are hot in Europe, Asia and the east coast of the U.S., with some occasional blips from early risers in Hawaii.

Have you downloaded Firefox 4? Give us your first impressions in the comments.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.


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