Monday marks the 10th anniversary of Firefox 1.0 and to celebrate Mozilla is rolling out new features, as well as a developer-centric version of its web browser.
The earliest release of the web browser that would become Firefox actually launched in Sept. 2002. It would be two more years before Firefox 1.0 became public, but within a month, more than 10 million downloads of the browser would be registered and its arrival would be celebrated with a full-page ad in the New York Times.
It's funny to think about how different the web browser landscape was just a decade ago. Apple's Safari was in its infancy and Internet Explorer was the dominant browser on the market.
And then came Firefox. Rising from the ashes of the original Netscape project (which itself celebrated its 20th anniversary last month), Firefox was a revelation, a breath of fresh air.
Firefox had extensions. It was fast. It felt modern. I first used the precursor to Firefox in 2002 or 2003 and by the time Firefox 1.0 was released in Nov. 2004, it was hard to think about using any other type of browser (at least in Windows on Linux).
As a response to Internet Explorer 6, Firefox 1.0 was truly revolutionary. Finally, it felt like the web was able to move forward with new technologies and techniques.
Ten years later, Internet Explorer isn't Firefox's biggest competition — that honor belongs to Google Chrome — and much of the web has shifted to mobile devices.
Still, Firefox carries on.