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Firefox 4, the latest version of Mozilla’s free, open-source Web browser, was downloaded around 5 million times in its first 24 hours.

According to Mozilla’s website, downloads were up to 6.8 million by 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, just over a day after the update was released.

Minutes before Firefox 4 turned a day old early Wednesday morning, it was on the verge of crossing 5 million, CNET noted.

That adoption rate is impressive. By comparison, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9, rolled out last week, was downloaded about 2.3 million times during the first day it was available.

The latest version of Firefox features full support for emerging coding language HTML 5, tabs for apps, a redesigned user interface and a feature that helps users organize tabs for the websites they visit frequently.

It also includes a “do not track” feature, designed to tell sites you visit that you don’t want to be tracked for advertising purposes. The sites still have to comply for it to work.


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