Firefox’s share becomes lower,website compatibility issues increase

Updated on December 13, 2023 View Times: 4612

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As Firefox loses market share, website compatibility issues will become more prominent. The U.S. Web Design System (USWDS), which guides the development of U.S. government websites, states that it supports all browsers with more than 2% usage according to analytics.usa.gov. Over the past 90 days, 49% of browsers that visited analytics.usa.gov were Chrome, Safari 34.8%, Edge 8.5%, and Firefox only 2.2%. Perhaps only Firefox uses a completely different rendering engine. If its usage falls below the 2% threshold, the USWDS could no longer require developers of government websites to continue to be Firefox compatible, which could have a ripple effect throughout the web development community, with the government's decision affecting countless businesses like Like dominoes falling, more and more websites will be incompatible with Firefox.

Statistics

As of December 2023, Firefox had a global market share of 3.69%, according to StatCounter. This means that Firefox is the fifth largest browser in the world, behind Chrome (66.39%), Edge (11.09%), Safari (10.33%), and Opera (2.38%).

Firefox's market share has been declining over the past few years. In 2019, Firefox’s market share was 9.07%, in 2020 it was 7.47%, and in 2021 it was 5.61%.

Browser war, has Firefox lost?

Firefox's fate has huge implications for the entire web. For several years, it was the top contender to curb Google's Chrome browser, providing a privacy-preserving option for one of the world's most dominant ways to surf the web.

High income source

The relationship between Mozilla and Google is complicated. Although they are competitors, they are also business partners. Google pays hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties to Mozilla every year for setting its search engine as the default version of the Firefox browser, with reports that this number currently stands at around $400 million per year.

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