Firefox: Over 1 Billion Served

Ralph DeFrangesco

No not McDonalds, Firefox users. That's right, Firefox is claiming its 1 billionth download. Now, this does not mean that there are 1 billion separate users. It simply means that there were 1 billion downloads since its launch in November 2004. For more on what to make of this, see my post on how software vendors play the numbers game.

 

To celebrate its 1 billionth download, Mozilla is launching onebillionplusyou.com today. The Web site will let users upload pictures of themselves and share what they like about the browser with other users. This recent milestone has given Mitchell Baker, the chairperson of the Mozilla foundation, reason to brag. She has recently blogged about Mozilla's humble beginnings and how they got to where they are now.

 

Personally, I like Firefox over IE. I have recommended and installed the browser many, many times over the last few years. Looking back, I cannot remember anyone complaining about it. I recently touched base with a few users that have converted to Firefox and they have never gone back to IE.

 

What I like most about Firefox is the number of extensions available for it, and the list just keeps growing. In addition, I have to take the opportunity to mention the security benefits: private browsing, anti-phishing and anti-malware, password management, instant Web site ID and, of course, my all-time favorite, NoScript- a plugin that only allows JavaScript and Java executables to run from a trusted site of your choice.

 

Since its initial launch in 2004, Firefox has seen its market share jump to 30 percent, while IE has lost market share. When a company releases 1 billion of anything, we have cause to take notice. What I find most interesting is that this browser is open source and not the one that comes with the OS on the desktop. Let's celebrate this notable milestone by you telling me your favorite Firefox plugin.



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