Mozilla released Firefox 5, first of its version under the rapid release scheme only in the last week and since then more than half of the users have started using Firefox 5 web browser. i.e. 55% of the users who were using Firefox 4 have switched to the latest version, the Firefox 5.
According to data from the Irish Analytics company StatsCounter, Firefox 4 usage percentage share dropped from 16% to 7.2% since the release of Firefox 5 and in the same period, Firefox percentage usage share increased half a percentage point to stand at 10%. This indicates that Firefox 5 has started the decline of its earlier version, Firefox 4.
But however, the increased percentage share of the new version of the Firefox browser is not as much as its counterpart browser from Google, the Google Chrome. The latest version of the browser from Google, Google chrome 12 was released recently and according to the StatsCounter (taking into consideration a duration of one week since the release), the earlier version of Google Chrome browser saw a decrease in the percentage share that is more than Firefox which now stands at 2.7% from whooping 17%. Google Chrome 12 replaced Google Chrome 11 on June 7 and since one week from then Google Chrome 12 percentage share had increased to seven tenths of a percentage point to stand at 15.5%.
While Firefox 5 usage share saw an increase, the other versions of Firefox browsers such as Firefox 3.6 did not show any decline or improvement in the percentage share during the same time period of one week since the release of Firefox5.
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Seeing the statistics above specified by the StatsCounter Company, it seems that the Rapid Release scheme is working for Mozilla but it has not showed improvement to the extent of the same scheme employed by Google to release upgrades to their Google Chrome browser.
Being said all the above statistics regarding the developments of Firefox 5, Mozilla has come under a slight critique from major organizations for employing the Rapid Release scheme that saw Firefox 4 stay only for a period of three months and other users has simply got confused with Mozilla for the quick turnover from Firefox 4 to Firefox 5.