Happy 5th Birthday to Mozilla Firefox!

In Hot off the Press by Marius Badenhorst

Mozilla Firefox is five years old today. Without it, we would still be stuck in the dark ages (you remember, the times before search marketing services), cursing at Internet Explorer as it crashed on us for the tenth time in a row. Better speed, plug-ins (Ad-Block is still my favourite), and an open platform has lead to many improvements over the years, with healthy completion from Chrome being unable to knock the crown off the king. Presented below is a concise history of Mozilla Firefox, read how it has evolved from Deer Park (version 1.1) to glorious Firefox 4:

  • November 9th 2004 marks the launch of Firefox 1.0

Dave Hyatt and Blake Ross started the Mozilla Firefox project – their aim was to actively fight against the bloated software that polluted our internet. Their foundation was with the Mozilla Suite and they managed to integrate mail, news readers, instant chatting and a handy WYSIWYG html editor into one piece of software. This would later be split up into a range of software as well as plug-ins. Firefox was singled out as a tier 1 project and was passed over to another internal development team for further progress.

firefox 1.5

  • November 29th 2005 experienced the upgraded Firefox 1.5

Firefox would no longer support the Mac OS X v10.1, as the team was hard at work fixing Firefox for future Mac updates. Originally, Firefox 1.1 was planned for release before Firefox 1.5, but the team instead decided to merge both developments together for the 1.5 release. Version 1.5 had a new interface that mirrored that Mac OS, as well as a clear-all button that deleted all browsing history at the touch of a button. This was also the final version of Mozilla Firefox that supported Windows 95.

firefox 2

  • Version 2.0 of Firefox released on October the 24th 2006

This included new updates to its JavaScript, as well as many interface changes. There were no updates to this version of Firefox.

  • Firefox 3.0 released on June 17th 2008, Version 3.5 released on June 30th 2009

Many bug fixes, as well as an update to Gecko (a layout engine) helped to develop the look and feel of Firefox. When Firefox 3.5 released, it became the most popular browser in the world and is still the reigning champion of browsers. This impressive feat happened sometime in December 2009.

firefox 4

  • The beta for Mozilla Firefox 4 released on July 6th 2010

The main focus: an updated user interface similar in form and function to Windows Vista/7 and its sleek transparent bars and chunky buttons. There is no menu bar (unless toggled), an integrated search bar (like Chrome) and better support for tabbed browsing. Another excellent addition is the ‘cloud’ integration which links all versions of Firefox with a quick synch function – your bookmarks on your work computer will be instantly available on your home computer for example.

The final version of Mozilla Firefox 4 hopes to release in early 2011, as the Firefox team is furiously working out the bugs in the beta versions. For now, download Mozilla Firefox 4 beta and enjoy a smooth browsing experience, an experience that has continued a proud tradition of browsing excellence for half a decade. As a final victory, the browser statistics are presented below:

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