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Firefox Celebrates Fifth Birthday

Mozilla Foundation’s signature open source Firefox browser turned half-a-decade old on Monday 9th of November, and in a span of these five years the browser has amassed a whopping 330 million users across the globe.

Five years ago on the same day, Mozilla Foundation rolled out the open source web browser Firefox 1.0, and it immediately became so popular that the demand crashed its servers and engineers at the Foundation took one hour to bring back the situation to normalcy.

The browser has inked an incredible success story since its birth in November 2004, and scaled heights that only few would have thought of.

It has moved on to become the second most popular browser, after Microsoft's Internet Explorer, across the web with around 25 percent of the web browsing market share.

Mozilla’s fans across the world are commemorating this remarkable occasion by hosting parties under a campaign referred to as “Light the World with Firefox”.

The Open Source Evangelist at the Mozilla Foundation, Christopher Blizzard, in a blog post, claimed that the organisation was in fact responsible for the advancements in the browser market.

He quoted in the blog: “We’ve managed to keep Microsoft honest and forced them to release newer versions of their browsers”.

Discussing about the future changes and additions in the browser capabilities, Blizzard wrote: “Expect to see big changes in the video space. HTML5-based video and open video codecs are starting to appear on the web as web developers make individual choices to support a standards-based, royalty-free approach”.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.