Mozilla At a Glance

Company Timeline

  • March 31, 1998: The Mozilla Project formed as an open source project at Netscape and released source code
  • June 5, 2002: Mozilla 1.0 was released
  • July 15, 2003: Mozilla Foundation was founded
  • February 17, 2004: Mozilla Europe was founded
  • August 18, 2004: Mozilla Japan was founded
  • November 9, 2004: Mozilla Firefox 1.0 was released
  • March 4th, 2005: Mozilla China Foundation was founded
  • August 3, 2005: Mozilla Foundation created Mozilla Corporation
  • November 29, 2005: Mozilla Firefox 1.5 was released
  • May 2006: Mozilla offered proof of concept of 3D graphics on the Web
  • October 24, 2006: Mozilla Firefox 2.0 was released
  • March 2007: Firefox launched Add-ons website
  • June 17, 2008: Mozilla released Firefox 3 and set a Guinness World Record for the largest number of software downloads in 24 hours
  • June 30, 2009: Firefox 3.5 was released
  • June 30, 2009: Firefox introduced geolocation
  • June 30, 2009: Firefox introduced Private Browsing Mode, Clear Recent History and Forget This Site
  • June 30, 2009: Firefox began supporting downloadable fonts
  • January 21, 2010: Firefox 3.6 was released
  • February 8, 2011: Do Not Track added to Firefox 4 beta
  • March 22, 2011: Firefox 4 for Windows, Mac and Linux was launched, with Sync
  • March 29, 2011: Firefox 4 for Android was released
  • June 11, 2011: Firefox for Android became first mobile browser to support Do Not Track
  • June 18, 2011: Mozilla launched Web FWD accelerator
  • July 25, 2011: Mozilla announced Boot to Gecko project
  • January 18, 2012: SOPA/PIPA action request on Firefox default start page generated 360,000 emails to U.S. lawmakers
  • February 2012: Samsung patched WebKit with Mozilla-pioneered mobile Web API for vibration
  • February 27, 2012: Mozilla announced partnership with Telefónica Digital on first Open Web devices
  • March 14, 2012: The number of languages Firefox is translated into reached 90
  • May 22, 2012: Mozilla Webmaker was introduced
  • June 26, 2012: Upgraded Firefox for Android was released
  • July 2, 2012: Firefox OS brand and initial partnerships were announced
  • October 9, 2012: Firefox Reader was launched for Firefox for Android
  • November 11, 2012: Popcorn Maker was introduced
  • January 28, 2013: Mozilla was named most trusted internet company for privacy
  • February 3, 2013: Mozilla and Google made first browser-to-browser plugin-free video call using WebRTC
  • February 24, 2013: Eighteen mobile operators welcomed Firefox OS initiative at Mobile World Congress
  • March 27, 2013: Mozilla and Epic showed that AAA games can run in browser, using Emscripten and asm.js
  • July 1, 2013: Telefónica oversaw first commercial launch of Firefox OS phone, in Spain
  • July 12, 2013: T-Mobile Poland offered Firefox OS smartphones for sale in Poland
  • August 1, 2013: Telefónica launched first Firefox OS devices in Colombia and Venezuela
  • September 17, 2013: Firefox for Android introduced QuickShare
  • October 15, 2013: congstar brought first Firefox OS smartphones to Germany
  • October 22, 2013: Telefónica Vivo launched Firefox OS smartphones in Brazil
  • October 29, 2013: Firefox for Android introduced Guest Browsing
  • October 31, 2013: Telefónica launched Firefox OS smartphones in Mexico, Peru and Uruguay
  • November 1, 2013: Telekom began selling smartphones with Firefox OS in Hungary
  • November 14, 2013: COSMOTE offered first smartphones running Firefox OS in Greece
  • November 28, 2013: Telenor launched mobile phones on Firefox OS in Serbia and Montenegro
  • December 3, 2013: Telecom Italia began selling Firefox OS smartphones in Italy
  • December 10, 2013: Firefox for Android introduced new Top Sites, History, Bookmarks and Reading List home screen panels
  • February 7, 2014: Firefox Accounts was launched
  • February 19, 2014: Telefónica began selling Firefox OS smartphones in Chile
  • February 23, 2014: Mozilla introduced seven new commercial Firefox OS devices
  • February 23, 2014: Mozilla announced 12 new markets for Firefox OS
  • May 13, 2014: América Móvil became fifth major operator to release Firefox OS smartphones
  • July 18, 2014: E.Leclerc brought first Firefox OS smartphones to France
  • August 15, 2014: Telefónica launched first Firefox OS smartphone in Central America, in El Salvador
  • August 21, 2014: Deutsche Telekom launched first Firefox OS smartphones in the Czech Republic
  • August 25, 2014: Intex Technologies launched first Firefox OS smartphone in Asia, in India
  • August 29, 2014: Telefónica launched first Firefox OS smartphones in Panama
  • September 9, 2014: Telefónica launched first Firefox OS smartphones in Nicaragua
  • September 10, 2014: Deutsche Telekom brought first Firefox OS smartphones to Macedonia
  • September 16, 2014: Telenor Group brought first Firefox OS smartphone to Bangladesh
  • September 17, 2014: Mozilla-pioneered WebGL became supported by all browsers
  • September 24, 2014: Telefónica launched first Firefox OS smartphones in Guatemala
  • October 4, 2014: JB Hifi launched first Firefox OS smartphone in Australia
  • October 14, 2014: Mozilla introduced a way to send videos from Firefox for Android straight to your TV
  • November 10, 2014: Mozilla celebrated 10th anniversary of Firefox
  • November 10, 2014: Firefox introduced the Forget button
  • November 10, 2014: Firefox Developer Edition was launched
  • November 10, 2014: Megafon launched first Firefox OS smartphone in Russia
  • November 15, 2014: Cherry Mobile launched first Firefox OS smartphone in the Phillipines
  • November 19, 2014: Yahoo and Mozilla formed strategic partnership
  • December 2, 2014: Number of Add-ons downloaded from Mozilla reached four billion

What is Mozilla?

Mozilla is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Web better. We emphasize principle over profit and believe that the Web is a shared public resource to be cared for, not a commodity to be sold. We work with a worldwide community to create open source products like Mozilla Firefox, and to innovate for the benefit of the individual and the betterment of the Web. The result is great products built by passionate people and better choices for everyone.

Who is the Mozilla Community?

We’re a global community of users, contributors and developers working to keep the power of the Web in people’s hands. The collaborative efforts of Mozillians around the world drive forward the principles and aims of the Mozilla Manifesto.

  • More than 1,000 volunteers contribute code to Firefox
  • 400,000 people contribute to Mozilla through our project tracking system Bugzilla
  • SUMO, Mozilla’s community-powered support site, helps an average of 10,000 Firefox users per week
  • Students from more than 600 institutions in 57 countries spread Firefox as Mozilla Campus Representatives

Fast Facts

  • Half a billion people around the world use Firefox
  • Firefox is free and open source software, with approximately 40% of its code written by volunteers
  • Firefox is available in 89 languages
  • More than 50% of global Firefox users use non-English versions
  • Offices include: Auckland, Beijing, London, Mountain View, Paris, San Francisco, Portland, Taipei, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver