Tuesday's debut of the Mozilla Foundation's new browser, Firefox 3, was a hit.
The browser was downloaded more than 8.3 million times, according to Mozilla CEO John Lilly. Guinness World Records was tracking the record-breaking day, though it's not as though Firefox was bumping up against some unachievable Hank Aaron milestone. Most browsers are usually released gradually, with little fanfare as they work their way through beta-related bugs.
It's still a great day for Firefox. The new browser went from 0% market share to 4% in a single day -- if, of course, those who downloaded the Web-surfing application are actually using it.
That doesn't mean Microsoft can afford to ignore the threat. Firefox is here to stay. Apple's
As the gateway to the Internet, the browser has always been important. That's why companies from Google
Microsoft has its MSN toolbars too, of course. Earlier this month, it agreed to replace Yahoo! on Hewlett-Packard
In a nutshell, browsers matter. If you don't believe me, ask yourself why the Mozilla Foundation is flashing a smile for Guinness this week.