Microsoft: Firefox's billion claim is 'interesting math'
Internet Explorer chief 'encourages people to be somewhat sceptical' of claims by competitor
* Bobbie Johnson, San Francisco
* guardian.co.uk, Thursday 13 August 2009 22.06 BST
A senior Microsoft executive has called into question the claim by rival web browser Firefox that it has been downloaded a billion times.
Amy Barzdukas, a general manager at Microsoft in charge of the company's Internet Explorer browser, said that the recent announcement that Firefox has reached a billion downloads was "interesting math".
"As with any marketing statement, I'd encourage people to be somewhat sceptical about large number claims," she said.
Lemme see ... Firefox downloaded over one billion times since 2004. There are a little over one billion connected Internet users. There have been a huge number of updates and several versions since then. Plus, some people own more than one computer. Is Microsoft discounting corporations, too? Many of us use the same browser at work that we do at home.
No. Microsoft is wrong. It is EASILY over a billion downloads...