History of the Mozilla Project

Mozilla has been one of those organizations that have time and again come up with products that can be used as easily by home users as they can be by professionals. It is a non-profit organization that is well known for two of its products, which incidentally are freeware, Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird. This article will take you on a journey back in time to the day when Mozilla was established.

Netscape, Mozilla’s First Product

Mozilla as an organization made a mark when it released the released the source code of the browser suite for Netscape. This happened in 1998 and the founders had a very innovative idea in mind. They grouped like minded people who are passionate about coding and share a love for technology, and come up with products that were revolutionary and free of cost. They mainly concentrated on the browser market and aimed to make a mark in that arena.

Company Grew Exponentially

Since Mozilla was a non-profit organization, the company did have people who appreciated the effort and within a couple of years, the movement if you can call it that, had gathered steam. People started contributing actively and their subsequent releases were not only very refined but also oozed with creativity. As there was no restriction to creativity, the company members started working on development tools and a host of other projects along with a wide range of browsers.

Competition from IE

When Mozilla 1.0 was released, Internet Explorer was the most widely used browser in the world, with over 90% of the users opting for it. Understandably, Mozilla 1.0 went unnoticed in 2002 and it took the company a couple more years to gain footing.

Firefox 1.0 in 2004

After a couple of years of innovating and testing, Firefox 1.0 was released by the Mozilla Foundation, which was established in the interim. This browser became an instant hit and within a year, the browser had been downloaded more than 100 million times all over the world. Mozilla Foundation kept rolling out newer versions of Firefox and with every new release, its popularity also grew.

Today, the Mozilla Foundation is a testament to the corporate companies which operate in terms of profits and losses. They have shown that with the right effort and platform, even nonprofit organizations can develop world class apps and provide it free of cost.


About the guest author: Penny is an expert with Cirrus Insight. Her interests lies primarily in writing and she loves to write about internet technology and marketing. Cirrus Insights provides Google apps for better salesforce management.

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