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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Big Plans for Mozilla Expansion

The Mozilla Foundation reported today that its popular Firefox Web browser has passed the 75 million download mark -- with one third of the downloads in the last three months alone. Firefox isn't the only idea coming out of the organization these days, either. Here's an excerpt from the CNET article:

The foundation's open-source e-mail reader, Thunderbird, is approaching its 10 millionth download.... Mozilla on Monday released Minimo 007, the latest version of the prerelease mobile browser with [tabs, a bookmark manager, RSS feeds, and] an interface built in XUL (Extensible User Interface Language). [also see the Minimo Project]


"[Minimo .007] offers desktoplike browsing functionality optimized for small screens... [T]his is built on the same platform as Firefox. This will allow, for the first time, extension writers to access the handheld platform. Extensions like AdBlocker [sic] and even Greasemonkey may be easily ported and seamlessly run on these handhelds."

[full story]

These are exciting times for fans of Mozilla. With Firefox expected to attract more users because of the upcoming Microsoft Internet Explorer 7's incompatability with Windows 2000, the battle between the two browser rivals is definitely brewing. No matter who comes out the victor, if either, the end-user will inevitably reap the benefits.

Firefox downloaded 75 million times
Mozilla: IE 7 to boost Firefox growth
Windows 2000 users to miss out on IE 7


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