Andy over at Popular Technology has posted a little article looking at the process that Firefox users have to go through to get updates for their browser and offers a few theories as to why Firefox’s developers require you to download the full program to obtain updates.
Whether or not this was intentional remains to be seen but it cannot be ignored that it is having this effect. Now think about it, say you have 10 million adopters of the initial v1.0.0 release, they all upgrade to v1.0.1, your download number now doubles to 20 million, these same users upgrade again to v1.0.2, you now have 30 million downloads. Finally to v1.0.3 with 40 million downloads and still only 10 million users! How much of the super hyped Firefox Download Number is due to the current users just getting the latest version? Much more then you think.
Some interesting points, but as per usual, it wasn’t a very balanced evaluation.
Source: Popular Technology