Over 3 Billion Add-ons Downloaded, Mozilla Announces
Article by George Norman
On 27 Jul 2012
Mozilla, the non-profit organization behind the Firefox browser, was glad to announce that so far more than 3 million add-ons have been downloaded from the Firefox Add-ons Gallery (AMO) by users from all over the world. Just to put things in perspective, that’s more than the total number of people on the internet today. Or better yet, that’s about half of the world’s population.

“This amazing milestone was made possible by the hundreds of millions of Firefox users and more than 25,000 Firefox Add-ons developers around the globe,” said Erica Jostedt, Mozilla PR. “Thank you! We hope you continue to enjoy using Firefox!” she added.

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As a thank you gesture to all the Firefox users and add-on developers out there, Mozilla released the interesting infographic that you can see below.



Add-ons are great because they enhance the functionality the Firefox browser has to offer. If the browser can’t or won’t do something, you can bet there’s an add-on out there that fixes that. Add-ons for the Firefox browser were first introduced by Mozilla back in 2004. The organization did so with the aim of letting you “customize the features, functionality and look of your Web experience to make Firefox truly your own” as Erica Jostedt explained.

The fact that more than 3 billion add-ons have been downloaded proves they are very popular among Firefox users. Here are some more figures to better put things in perspective:
  • More than 85% of all Firefox users installed at least one add-on.
  • 5 is the average number of add-ons installed on a user’s PC.
  • There are more than 150,000 add-on collections created by Firefox users.

In related news, Firefox 14 was released to the public earlier this month. This version comes with a tweaked interface, uses HTTPS by default for Google searches, and fixes various security problems. Read more about this topic here.



Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, add-ons, AMO
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