INTERWEB SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla is celebrating the eighth birthday of its Firefox web browser.
In those eight years Firefox has been out Mozilla has won a lot of favour among users. Firefox was one of the first alternative web browsers to really chip away at Microsoft's Internet Explorer dominance and is still one of the top four software applications in its class.
Mozilla said that it launched Firefox with high hopes, and still keeps these same hopes in place. It is looking forward to the future, and some cake.
"Eight years ago today, Mozilla launched the first version of Firefox," said Johnathan Nightingale, Mozilla's VP of Firefox Engineering. "We had the audacity to believe that we could change things. We believed that a community of people who understood the power of the Web, and who put people above profits, could build something amazing."
Nightingale said that Mozilla's aims have not changed, but the internet has, and as that has changed, its browser has had to change too. He explained that the years ahead will see a focus on openness and interoperability.
"We're proud to say that our mission hasn't changed, but the Web has," he added. "These days, hundreds of millions of people trust Firefox with their online lives and they encourage their friends and family to do the same. We still put people first and, with the support of our Firefox fans, we drive the Web towards openness and interoperability."
The latest Desktop Browser Market Share report from Net Applications puts Firefox in second place with a 20 percent chunk of the market. According to Netapp, perennial alternative Internet Explorer has 54 percent market share and Google's Chrome has 19 percent. µ