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FirefoxTakes Top Spot From Internet Explorer

Mozilla's Firefox was the most popular browser in Europe in 2010, according to statistics from web tracking firm StatCounter.

The statistics show that Firefox had 38.11 per cent of the market in December 2010, knocking Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) off the top spot. IE had 37.52 per cent of the market.

While Firefox took the top spot, both browsers showed an overall drop compared to statistics from the same time in 2009 when IE had 44.84 per cent and Firefox 40.8 per cent.

The drops could be attributed partly to the rising popularity of Google's Chrome browser, which rose by 9.52 per cent to 14.58 per cent in December 2010.

Opera and Safari both polled around 4.5 per cent.

Microsoft will be hoping that its upcoming IE9 release will help it win back market share.

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