Firefox Is 7 Years Old
Article by George Norman
On 10 Nov 2011
Yesterday I was so focused on Microsoft’s IE9 (Internet Explorer 9) web browser and on the fact that you could win some nice free stuff by pinning certain websites to the Windows 7 taskbar using IE9 that I forgot about Firefox, the properly good web browser developed by nonprofit organization Mozilla. Shame on me, for yesterday was quite an important day for Firefox.

Yesterday, the 9th of November, Firefox turned 7. The first stable version of the browser was released to the public back in 2004, on the 9th of November 2004. This means that Firefox has been around for 7 years now. To celebrate this occasion, Mozilla has adopted some red panda cubs (the red panda is commonly known as a firefox) at the Knoxville Zoo. If you want to watch the cute cubs you can do so at Firefox Live; images of the cubs are streamed live 24 hours a day.


In the 7 years it has been out there, the Firefox browser has moved from version 1.0 all the way up to version 8.0. Speaking of which, I think it’s worth mentioning that version 8.0 was released to the public earlier this week, on the 8th of November to be more precise. So one day before celebrating Firefox 7th anniversary, Mozilla released Firefox 8.0.

Firefox has come a long way since version 1.0. It is better from every point of view – looks, performance, speed. Putting the spotlight on speed alone, Firefox 8.0 is a staggering 32 times faster than v. 1.0. That is a significant improvement, no matter how you look at it.

“We build Firefox to build freedom and excellence into the web. We build Firefox to make sure that each person can be sovereign over the technology he or she uses to interact with the web. We build Firefox to combine user sovereignty and freedom with a great product experience that enriches web life,” commented Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, Mitchell Baker. “We launched Firefox 7 years ago to make these goals real,” he added.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Microsoft, IE9
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