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Firefox Eats More Microsoft Market Share

Market share for the open-source Mozilla Firefox climbed above 6% in February, while Microsoft's Internet Explorer share dropped below 90%.

Firefox continues to steal market share from Microsoft Internet Explorer, according to Net Applications, a maker of Web-monitoring software. According to the company's February figures, use of Firefox rose to 6.17% from 5.59% in January.

Firefox's gain comes at the expense of Internet Explorer, which dropped to 89.04% market share, from 90.31% in December. Net Applications reports that other browsers maintained their user base.

"Firefox is currently the only browser that is increasing market share on a monthly basis, and it is growing at the direct expense of Microsoft's Internet Explorer," Net Applications CEO Dan Shapero said in a statement.

Microsoft is taking steps to stanch defections. Last month in San Francisco at the RSA Conference, Bill Gates said Internet Explorer 7.0 will be released in beta form this summer. The company claims its updated browser will offer better protections against phishing, malicious software, and spyware.

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