Fourteen per cent of web users used Firefox, Mozilla 's open source web browser, at the turn of the year. That figure is up by 46 per cent compared to the 9.6 per cent that used Firefox in early 2006.
According to web statistics firm Net Applications , the increase in Firefox users is partly due to the release of Version 2.0 of the popular web browser in October.
The Opera web browser also increased its number of users, from 0.6 to 0.9 per cent of total web users. This figure is helped by deals that Opera has made to link its browser to mobile phones and gaming consoles.