Firefox Turns Ten

Onwards and upwards.

We don’t usually do birthdays here, but in fighting the good fight for so long we think Firefox deserves a little limelight as it reaches double figures.

Yep, that’s right – Firefox is 10 years old this week having first launched on 31 March 1998. Of course at that stage, the browser was nowhere near the experience it is today, in fact this date simply represents when the first Mozilla code became publicly available under the terms of an official open source licence. In essence, Mozilla threw it out there and 10 years later look how it has grown!

During those 10 years Firefox has also had a miriade of names, morphing from Phoenix (a reference to its rising from the ashes of Netscape?), to Firebird, Mozilla Firebird and now Firefox. Firefox chairman and former CEO Mitchell Baker was naturally quick to celebrate, but also sounded a note of caution:

“During much of our first ten years people ‘knew’ that our goal of creating choice and innovation in the browser space was impossible. From that perspective we have achieved the impossible. It certainly wasn’t easy, but here we are today in a radically different setting. The challenges before us are great. But the opportunity is many times larger. We have the ability to affect aspects of Internet architecture and user experience. We have the organization, we have the frameworks we need to work in, we have the voice. And most important of all, we have the Mozilla community. The many thousands of people actively engaged, and the multiples of that who support Mozilla goals and offerings. It’s our world. Let’s make it great.”

Somehow I can’t quite see the same speech coming from Apple or Microsoft and that, my friends, is why we’re keen to say: Happy 10th Birthday Firefox!

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