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Happy Birthday Firefox, You’re Now 7 Years Old!

Firefox has just turned seven years old.

Firefox was released in 2004 and it is now aged seven years. Following its intial release in 2004, the browser changed the browser landscape and attained a substantial market share. But recently Firefox has, once again, become a outsider in the cut-throat browser competition that is more and more fought between Google and Microsoft.

Firefox was originally part of the Mozilla application suite, but now it has turned to be the core product of Mozilla. But it remained the most popular application for a period. Mozilla has exposed its idea of expanding its reach beyond the plain browser, particularly when it will introduce the Boot-to-Gecko OS in Q1 of 2012.

There is a massive shift for Firefox in the current year, not only just because of the introduction of a different UI in Firefox 4, but also mainly because of the introduction of a rapid release cycle model that pays tribute to a widely readied spry development method as well as the replacement of key personalities at Mozilla.

The Director of Firefox, Mike Beltzner departed from the company shortly after the launch of Firefox 4; Vice President Mike Shaver walked off to take a position at Facebook; and UI lead Alex Faaborg just recently announced his departure without revealing his destination.

In a short note that announced the birthday of the browser, the organization mentioned that Firefox 8 is about 32 times faster than Firefox1. The overall market is changing even faster and Mozilla has had trouble keeping market share. Firefox has lost nearly five points of market share, over the past 12 months. According to StatCounter’s preliminary data, it seems that Chrome may outrank Mozilla in this month. For the first ten days of the current month, Firefox market share is estimated at 25.56 percent, just ahead of Chrome with 25.30 percent. Compared to the September, Firefox has surrendered more than 0.8 points of share, while Chrome has gained 0.3 points.

Source: tomshardware

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