Firefox celebrates first birthday

The open source Firefox browser from the Mozilla Foundation celebrated its first birthday on 9 November, with 106.4 million copies of the browser having been downloaded.

The open source Firefox browser from the Mozilla Foundation celebrated its first birthday on 9 November, with 106.4 million copies of the browser having been downloaded.

It is estimated by various web analytics companies that Firefox is now used by almost 9% of web users, making it the number two browser behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, estimated to have around 85% of the market.

Earlier this month, a test version of Firefox 1.5 was released to the open source community and other pilot users, which is a major upgrade to the current 1.0 version.

Version 1.5 will allow users to download updates and security patches much more easily, and will include improved navigational features, among other benefits.

The new version should be available for commercial use within weeks, said Mozilla, which is already planning version 2.0 by the middle of next year.

Microsoft is planning a launch next year of Internet Explorer 7 with extra security benefits and other improved features.

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