Mozilla Firefox Quantum is a free and open sourced internet browser that was developed by the Mozilla Foundation and its sister company, Mozilla Corporation. Mozilla Firefox, also known as Firefox began incorporating brand new technology using their Gecko layout engine to render web pages to a more current web standard, in 2017.
The Mozilla Corporation first introduced Firefox under a code name of “Phoenix” in 2002 for users that required a standalone browser in comparison to the Mozilla application bundles that were available at the time. It was during its initial Beta phase that Firefox was proven to be popular with testers. It was applauded for the speed of the browser, security features and additional add-ons in comparison to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (version 6 was active at the time).
When Firefox was released in 2004 it was noted to have had 60 million + downloads within a nine-month period. It succeeded Netscape Navigator as the main browser for Mozilla. Mozilla was originally created by Netscape in 1998 before they were bought over by the company, AOL.
Firefox promotes a more innate user interface and is available on Windows 7 and above, macOS, Linux and unofficially for Unix and Unix like operating systems. On its release it overtook internet Explorer and still has over 50% of desktop downloads to date.
There are a large range of key features with Mozilla Firefox. We have included some of the fantastic key features of Mozilla Firefox below:
– Tabbed browsing
– Grammar and spell checking
– Smart bookmarking
– Download management capabilities
– Private browsing (also known as incognito browsing)
– Step-by-step searching with advanced options
– Location based browsing (Geolocation)
– Beautiful themes suitable for all users of all ages
– Ad blockers
– Screenshot apps
– In game apps
– Error Consoles
– DOM Inspectors
– Firebug extensions
– Pocket extension
There are also a range of additional add-on’s available with Mozilla Firefox that can be added via third party developer through Web Extensions similar to Google Chrome and Microsoft’s Microsoft Edge extension system.
The Mozilla Corporation browser has its own, personal, “bug bounty” which welcomes developers to discover any potential severe security holes within the Mozilla system software. There is a cash reward between $3,000 to $37,000 of any reporting of these severe bugs.
Firefox has such few public known security vulnerabilities that they have overtaken Internet Explorer as a safer option of web browser. Most vulnerabilities have been noted as being fixed on average of one day after it was first reported, in comparison with Internet Explorer which was noted as having taken up to 9 days for bugs to be repaired or fixed.
Some of the most popular clients that feature Mozilla Firefox downloads are:
– Microsoft Windows