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Saturday, November 09, 2013
Happy Birthday Firefox
Mozilla is celebrating Firefox's golden ninth birthday on November 9.
Mozilla created Firefox nine years ago as an open, fun, safe
and fast Web browser. Over the past year, it expanded to
support not just Windows, Mac and Linux, but also Android
phones and tablets. The Firefox for Android receives 4.5 stars
in the Google Play Store and has been downloaded millions of
Mozilla also expanded the Firefox family this year with the
birth and launch of the first ever Firefox OS smartphones -
devices based entirely on open Web technologies. To date,
Mozilla has launched Firefox OS in nine countries and has
thousands of apps in its Firefox Marketplace.
In terms of speed, Firefox is now faster than ever before. The
browser beat last year's Kraken scores by 74%, and is 88%
faster on Octane. Web Apps and games are 25 percent faster due
Engineers have been working on ways to integrate social sites
and services directly into Firefox. Last year, Mozilla launched
with Facebook as the first Firefox social integration partner.
Soon after that Cliqzm and Mixi were added.
Firefox also shipped Mixed Content Blocker in Firefox to keep
users secure, wherever they surf the Web. Firefox includes
Click to Play plugins. By allowing users to decide which sites
need to use plugins, Firefox will help protect them and keep
their browser running smoothly.
Firefox also boasts a set of tools for Web developers for
and on mobile. Recent highlights include: the App Manager;
Responsive Design View, Network Monitor; Page Inspector; and
Firefox also enables video calls and file-sharing directly in
the browser, all without the need for plugins or third-party
software with Web Real Time Communications.
Over the last year, Firefox developers and engineers have been
at work to make the Web the platform for high end game
asm.js that enables developers to create high-intensity
applications, like games, directly on the Web. The Web Audio
API was added to Firefox and completed the Web as a new
platform for gaming.
Mozilla will also release an updated browser interface and
Firefox optimized for Windows 8 tablets soon.