Yes, it was Firefox Birthday. 😀 On 9th November 2015 Firefox has completed successfully 11 years. A browser which is committed to you, your privacy and open web. It is a browser which is free and open-source & developed by the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation. Firefox is available for various Operating Systems like Windows, OS X and Linux operating systems and also available with its mobile versions like Android, iOS and Firefox OS. It uses the Gecko layout engine to render web pages, which implements current and anticipated web standards. You can see the screenshot of Mozilla start page here.
Let me tell you story behind Firefox making in short for the people who don’t know. Firefox was created in 2002, under the name “Phoenix” by the Mozilla community members who wanted a standalone browser rather than the Mozilla Application Suite bundle. Even during its beta phase, Firefox proved to be popular by its testers and was praised for its speed, security and add-ons compared with Microsoft’s then-dominant Internet Explorer 6. Firefox was released in November 2004,and was highly successful with 60 million downloads within nine months, which was the first time that Internet Explorer’s dominance was challenged. After that Firefox project has undergone several name changes. It was originally titled Phoenix but due to some trademark issue,It was renamed. The replacement name, Firebird, provoked an intense response from the Firebird database software project. In response, the Mozilla Foundation stated that the browser would always bear the name Mozilla Firebird to avoid confusion. After further pressure, on February 9, 2004, Mozilla Firebird became Mozilla Firefox.The name Firefox was said to be derived from a nickname of the red panda,which further became the mascot for the newly named project.
Today, I would like to share some of best features of Firefox for which I loved this browser more than any other. Some of them are listed below :-
- Most Trusted Internet Company For Privacy : Firefox was awarded as the most trusted company for many times because they protect & respect our private information and includes features like –
- Private Browsing with Tracking Protection – Browse without having your history, searches or cookies saved, and block hidden third parties from following you across the Web.
- Forgot Button – Remove browsing information from your computer after the fact. Use it when you’ve visited a site that you don’t want in your history.
- Secure Connections – Use instant Website ID to make sure a site is what it claims to be and to check if your connection to it is secure.
- World Class Protection – Anti-phishing & anti-malware features protect you from trojan horses and spyware and warn you about potentially fraudulent sites.
- Automatic Security Updates – Firefox updates automatically to make sure you always have the latest and greatest security fixes.
2. Works The Way You Do : How you use the Web is unique. Firefox lets you change it to match. Remove what you don’t use, keep what you do and put it just about anywhere you want.
- Themes – Make Firefox match your style. Choose from thousands of themes and dress up your browser with a single click.
- Add- Ons – They are like apps that you install to add features to Firefox. They let you compare prices, check the weather, listen to music, send a tweet and more.
- Awesome Bar – The Awesome Bar learns as you browse to make your version of Firefox unique. Find and return to your favorite sites without having to remember a URL.
- Sync – Access your bookmarks, history, passwords and more from any device to make Firefox your own wherever you use it.
3. Faster than Ever – This is the fastest Firefox yet. It excels at both technical benchmarks and the everyday tasks that you do most.
- Cutting Edge Speed – If you enjoy games, you can now play some of your favorites right on the Web without sacrificing speed or overall performance. Firefox is leading the charge in online gaming as part of our efforts to make every aspect of your browsing experience faster.
- Speed You Can Feel – They optimize Firefox for the way you use the Web. So things like opening or switching
between tabs and getting results from the Awesome Bar happen faster than ever. Get where you need to go as quickly and easily as possible.
So, This is all about Firefox awesomeness for which millions of people using it for past 11years. Thank You for all your support & Thank You Mozilla for making such amazing browser for us. 🙂
Source : Wikipedia & Mozilla.org