The days are gone when Google Chrome single-handedly owned the throne of the best or the most widely used browser. It has got competition, and the contender won’t let it be an easy fight. Yes, Firefox is paving its way to the top, becoming Chrome’s biggest contender (ignoring Internet Explorer which is mainly used in business environments unwillingly).
Firefox comes with features that give it an edge. For example, every Chrome browser looks nearly identical. Other than concealing specific toolbars or removing a few icons next to the address bar, the most you can do is skin the title bar and tabs. Firefox can be highly customisable, and it is also better for battery life, in case of laptops and portable smart devices. But do you the history of Firefox or How it evolved?
The fact that Firefox has risen from 7.7 percent in August 2016 to 12.0 percent in May 2017 in market share is enough proof of it.
When it all began – The history of Firefox
The seed of the Firefox browser was sown back in September 2002, as the Phoenix v0, which would later grow to become the Firefox as we know it today.
Even the first release of Phoenix contained tabbed browsing and a download manager which was new for browsers of that time. Advancements were made exponentially to this embryonic version of Firefox, so much so that by the time Phoenix v0.3 was released in mid-October of 2002, it already contained support for extensions, a sidebar, an integrated search bar, and more.
A new fish in the pond
After just a few months of existence, Mozilla ran into a hurdle with the name of the browser in April 2003.
Mozilla was forced to change its name to Firebird as a company called Phoenix Technologies owned a trademark for the title and had already developed their open-source browser.
The premier release under the browser’s new identity, Firebird 0.6, became the first version available for Macintosh OS X in addition to Windows.
Three more versions of Firebird were released in the next five months that contained adjusts to plugin control and automatic downloading among others, as well as a collection of bug fixes.
Another naming bottleneck was to appear in the journey as the browser came closer to the being launched to the world.
The climb uphill
Once again, past repeated itself as another open-source relational database project in existence bore the Firebird label. And so, for one last time, the browser’s name was officially changed from Firebird to Firefox in February of 2004
Finally given an identity, Firefox 0.8 announced world on February 9, 2004. It contained the offline browsing feature as well as a Windows installer which replaced the previous .zip delivery method. Several new versions were released in succession to this, answering glitches and introducing new features. This was the rigorous climb uphill.
Firefox PR 0.10, was the first version of it that was unveiled to the world. This was in September.
In September, the first public release version was made available. Within five days of this, Firefox hit the one million milestones beating its target of 10 days to reach here.
The day that everyone waited for finally arrived- November 9, 2004- when the official launch happened. Firefox 1.0, was given a warm welcome by the public.
The journey forward
Despite receiving a grand success, the browser continued its climb. It kept overhauling itself and adding new features. This lead to a significant release of version 2.0 on October 24, 2006.
The best thing was that, that the browser never stopped its climb. It kept giving changes all through the next decade, the most prominent ones being better Web standards and mobile browsing. And hence, till date, Firefox has continued to create a reign of its own and is ever climbing the mountains of success.