According to Net Applications, a web analystics firm, during past December, Firefox was the browser of choice of 1 in 10 web users. Though other reports position Firefox at a better spot, 2005 was clearly a year of steady growth not only for Firefox but other web standards conscious browsers like Opera and Safari.
Why market share matters you ask? In short it means more and more pressure on web site creators to conform to web standards rather than to a specific browser (say Internet Explorer.) Competition will then shift to more user relevant areas like features, accessibility, usability and security and not plain “you can’t see this site with that browser.”
No doubt Firefox success is largely due its users who care about creating a better Internet and telling friends, relatives and coworkers about how they can enhance their web experience.