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Mozilla At a Glance

Fast Facts

  • More than 450 million people around the world use Firefox
  • Firefox is free and open source software, with approximately 40% of its code written by volunteers
  • Firefox global market share is 30 percent

Company Timeline

  • March 31, 1998: The Mozilla Project forms as an open source project at Netscape and releases source code
  • June 5, 2002: Mozilla 1.0 released
  • July 2003: Mozilla Foundation founded
  • February 2004: Mozilla Europe founded
  • August 2004: Mozilla Japan founded
  • November 9, 2004: Mozilla launches Firefox
  • March 4th, 2005: Mozilla China Foundation founded
  • August 2005: Mozilla Foundation creates Mozilla Corporation
  • November 29, 2005: Mozilla Firefox 1.5 released
  • May, 2006: Mozilla offers proof of concept of 3D graphics on the Web
  • October 24, 2006: Mozilla Firefox 2.0 released
  • March, 2007: Firefox launches Add-ons website
  • June 17, 2008: Mozilla releases Firefox 3 and sets a Guinness World Record for the largest number of software downloads in 24 hours
  • June 30, 2009: Firefox 3.5 released
  • June 30, 2009: Firefox introduces geolocation
  • June 30, 2009: Firefox introduces Private Browsing Mode, Clear Recent History and Forget This Site
  • June 30, 2009: Firefox supports downloadable fonts
  • January 21, 2010: Firefox 3.6 released
  • February 8, 2011: Do Not Track added to Firefox 4 beta
  • March 22, 2011: Firefox 4 released
  • March 22, 2011: Firefox 4 for Windows, Mac and Linux is launched, with Sync
  • March 29, 2011: Firefox for Android is launched
  • June 11, 2011: Firefox for Android becomes first mobile browser to support Do Not Track
  • June 18, 2011: Mozilla launches Web FWD accelerator
  • July 25, 2011: Mozilla announces Boot to Gecko project
  • January 18, 2012: SOPA/PIPA action request on Firefox default start page generates 360,000 emails to U.S. lawmakers
  • February 27, 2012: Mozilla announces partnership with Telefónica Digital on first Open Web devices
  • February, 2012: Samsung patches WebKit with Mozilla-pioneered mobile Web API for vibration
  • March 14, 2012: The number of languages Firefox is translated into reaches 90
  • May 22, 2012: Mozilla Webmaker introduced
  • June 26, 2012: Upgraded Firefox for Android released
  • July 2, 2012: Firefox OS brand and partnerships announced
  • October 9, 2012: Firefox Reader is launched for Firefox for Android
  • November 11, 2012: Popcorn Maker is introduced
  • January 28, 2013: Mozilla is named most trusted internet company for privacy February 3, 2013: Mozilla and Google make first browser-to-browser plugin-free video call using WebRTC
  • February 24, 2013: Eighteen mobile operators welcome Firefox OS initiative at Mobile World Congress
  • March 27, 2013: Mozilla and Epic show that AAA games can run in browser, using Emscripten and asm.js
  • July 1, 2013: First commercial launch of Firefox OS phone, by Telefónica in Spain
  • July 12, 2013: T-Mobile Poland offers Firefox OS smartphones for sale
  • August 1, 2013: Telefónica announces launches first Firefox OS devices in Colombia and Venezuela
  • September 17, 2013: Firefox for Android introduces QuickShare
  • October 29, 2013: Firefox for Android introduces Guest Browsing
  • October 15, 2013: congstar brings first Firefox OS smartphones to Germany
  • October 22, 2013: Telefónica Vivo launches Firefox OS smartphones in Brazil
  • October 31, 2013: Telefónica launches Firefox OS smartphones in Mexico, Peru and Uruguay
  • November 1, 2013: Telekom begins selling smartphones with Firefox OS in Hungary
  • November 14, 2013: COSMOTE offers first smartphones running Firefox OS in Greece
  • November 28, 2013: Telenor launches mobile phones on Firefox OS in Serbia and Montenegro
  • December 3, 2013: Telecom Italia begins selling Firefox OS smartphones in Italy
  • December 10, 2013: Firefox for Android introduces new Top Sites, History, Bookmarks and Reading List home screen panels
  • February 7, 2014: Firefox Accounts is launched
  • February 19, 2014: Telefónica begins selling Firefox OS smartphones in Chile
  • February 23, 2014: Mozilla introduces seven new commercial Firefox OS devices and  12 new markets for Firefox OS
  • September 17,  2014: Mozilla-pioneered WebGL is now supported by all browsers
  • October 14, 2014: Mozilla introduces a way to send videos from Firefox for Android straight to your TV
  • October, 2014: Number of Add-ons downloaded from Mozilla reaches nearly four billion
  • November 10, 2014: Firefox introduces the Forget button
  • November 10, 2014: Firefox Developer Edition is launched

Who is the Mozilla Community?

  • 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

What is Mozilla?

Mozilla is a global, nonprofit organisation dedicated to making the Web better. We emphasise 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.