Gotta love it when something as great as Firefox actually gets a win! Looks like you lot also know the benefits of using a superior browser, our stats say that Firefox is in the lead by about 8%.

Anyways… on with the “stolen” content…

Mozilla’s Firefox browser has overtaken Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as the leader in Europe, the first time Microsoft’s browser has lost its top spot in a major market, a web analytics firm StatCounter said.

In December, the open-source Firefox took 38.1 per cent of European market share, while Internet Explorer’s share slipped to 37.5 per cent. Google Chrome saw its share rising to 14.6 per cent from just 5.1 per cent a year earlier.

“This appears to be happening because Google’s Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share,” Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter chief executive, said in a statement.

“We are probably seeing the impact of the agreement between European Commission competition authorities and Microsoft, to offer EU users a choice and menu of browsers from March last year,” Cullen said.

In December 2009, European Union regulators accepted Microsoft’s pledge to give consumers better access to rival browsers, ending a long antitrust dispute.

Since the beginning of March, Microsoft offered Europeans the option to choose from among 12 browsers on the more than 100 million old and new PCs that use its Windows software.

Globally, Internet Explorer’s share slipped to 46.9 per cent in December, while Firefox was at 30.8 per cent and Google was at 14.9 per cent, StatCounter said.