Mozilla Firefox Preview Release hits one million downloads in first four days of availability

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – September 20, 2004 – The Mozilla Foundation today announced there have been over one million downloads of Firefox Preview Release in less than 100 hours, after being made available on the Internet last Tuesday. As stated in the software’s release last week, The Mozilla Foundation set a lofty goal of one million downloads in its first ten days of availability.  This has been easily eclipsed as users seeking a more trustworthy Internet experience continue to use Mozilla’s award winning Firefox web-browser.  Over 7,500 individuals have also registered for Spreadfirefox.com to help spread the word about Firefox to their friends, family, and co-workers.

“One million downloads for our preview release, in this short amount of time, shows that interest in our products is reaching the mainstream Internet audience, ” said Mitchell Baker, President of the Mozilla Foundation. “With this many downloads for the preview release, we are looking forward to our final release of Firefox 1.0 in the next Quarter.”

In further recognition of the quality of the products, Mozilla Foundation also announces that Firefox received the Editors’ Choice Award for Best Web Browser by LAPTOP Magazine in its October edition.  Also, the new Firefox Guidebook and CD which includes Firefox Preview Release, Thunderbird 0.8, and Mozilla 1.7.3 are available at the the Mozilla Store or http://store.mozilla.org.

GETTING FIREFOX PREVIEW RELEASE AND THUNDERBIRD 0.8

Firefox Preview Release, Thunderbird 0.8, and Mozilla 1.7.3 can be downloaded for free at www.mozilla.org.  Mozilla applications run on a wide range of operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and are translated into dozens of languages. The source code and documentation for all Mozilla applications is freely available under the open source Mozilla Public License.

SUPPORTING MOZILLA

Individuals and companies from around the world support the Mozilla Foundation through voluntary contributions of time, money and resources. To discover how you or your company can help spread the word about Mozilla Firefox, please visit http://www.spreadfirefox.com.

ABOUT THE MOZILLA FOUNDATION

Established in July 2003 with start-up support from America Online’s Netscape division, the Mozilla Foundation exists to provide organizational, legal, and financial support for the Mozilla open source software project. The Foundation is based in Mountain View, California and has affiliate Foundations in Europe and Japan. The Mozilla Foundation is a 501 (C) non-profit organization. Mozilla, Firefox, Thunderbird and their respective logos are trademarks of the Mozilla Foundation.

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