Mozilla’s Firefox web browser turned 10 years old on November 9 and to celebrate the occasion, the foundation is rolling out a handful of new products and programs.
Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox that’s said to be faster than ever. It includes the option to use DuckDuckGo as your search engine on desktop and mobile and a new Forget feature that gives you an easy way to clear out some of your recent activity.
The foundation has also launched a privacy initiative called Polaris in partnership with the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and the Tor Project. The idea here is to bring people together to explore new approaches to enhance privacy controls online.
Last but not least, Mozilla has also published a developer edition of Firefox.
A decade is an absolute eternity in the fast-paced world of technology but Mozilla’s accomplishment is even more impressive when you consider what was going on back in 2004.
When Firefox first hit the scene, Microsoft enjoyed an overwhelming 90 percent plus market share. While Microsoft still has a majority share of the browser market at a little over 56 percent, Internet Explorer has ceded more than seven percent of the market to Firefox and 13.05 percent to Google’s Chrome according to data from NetMarketShare.
Firefox is now available in more than 90 languages and while it may not be loved by all, it is the only major browser developed to serve its users instead of giant corporations like Apple, Google and Microsoft and is also truly open source.