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Top web browsers 2018: Firefox’s share slips post-Quantum

Mozilla’s radical overhaul of its financial cornerstone, Firefox, has so far failed in its primary mission, to stop the slide in browser share, new data published Sunday showed.

According to new numbers from California-based analytics vendor Net Applications, Firefox lost six-tenths of a percentage point of user share in March. That was the largest decline in almost two years, excepting November 2017, when Net Applications revamped its tallies by eliminating fraudulent bot traffic from its data.

Firefox’s user share — an estimate of the portion of the world’s personal computer owners who ran the browser in a given period — for March was 10.3%, the lowest since a near-death experience in the summer of 2016, when it plunged to below 8%. At one point — April 2010, to be specific — Firefox accounted for more than a quarter of the globe’s browser share.

More distressing to Mozilla, Firefox’s user share has fallen rather than climbed since the November launch of Quantum, a.k.a. version 57, which the company trumpeted as the “biggest update” since Firefox 1.0 in 2004. Quantum boasted major speed improvements, a redesigned UI (user interface) and a switch to a new add-on framework that necessitated rewrites of all legacy extensions.

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