Celebrating 10 Years of Firefox

Firefox web browser is 10 years old so Mozilla is Celebrating 10 Years of Firefox. As part of our anniversary, Mozilla excited to announce a special release of Firefox with new features that put you in control. We’ve also added a new Forget feature to Firefox: gives you an easy way to tell Firefox to clear out some of your recent activity. When you update Firefox, you’ll see we’ve added a new tour to walk you through some of Firefox’s privacy options.

Mozilla has also released a new Firefox Developer Edition customized for Web developers with some exciting new tools available.



  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Introducing Polaris Privacy Initiative to Accelerate User-focused Privacy Online

    At Mozilla, we believe that an individuals’ privacy on the Internet cannot be treated as optional. Our Privacy Principles guide us with the design of each of our products and services. We’ve introduced features to support our privacy focus across desktop and mobile, including: an add-on platform with Firefox Add-ons like LightBeam, Disconnect, Ghostery and Privacy Badger; the Do Not Track preference; Private and Guest Browsing; high levels of encryption with Firefox Sync; an individual approach to apps permissions; and even a new Forget button. But we recognize we need to do better and do more. We want to give our users the Web experience they want through features that create transparency and control. We want our users to trust us and the Web.

    In October 2014, Harris Poll conducted a global online survey* on behalf of Mozilla of more than 7,000 online adults ages 18-64. Three quarters (74%) of people feel their personal information on the Web is less private today than it was one year ago. That same figure of adults agree that Internet companies know too much about them. We think we can help with this concern.

    Today, we are excited to announce a new strategic initiative at Mozilla called Polaris. Polaris is a privacy initiative built to pull together our own privacy efforts along with other privacy leaders in the industry. Polaris is designed to allow us to collaborate more effectively, more explicitly and more directly to bring more privacy features into our products.

    The second experiment (which is our first in-product Polaris experiment) seeks to understand how we can offer a feature that protects those users that want to be free from invasive tracking without penalizing advertisers and content sites that respect a user’s preferences. We’re currently testing this privacy tool in our “Nightly” channel.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mozilla re-negotiates Google multi-million dollar sugar-daddy deal
    Business as usual, honest

    Mozilla is negotiating its multi-million-dollar sugar-daddy finance deal with Google to keep operating.

    The Firefox browser-maker is in talks with Google to extend an agreement that has funnelled millions of Mountain View dollars into the not-for-profit web idealist shop, The Reg has learned.

    Google is the default search service for millions of Firefox users worldwide thanks to a three-year agreement between the pair extended in November 2011.

    Mozilla gets a percentage of the search dollars generated for Google by Firefox traffic.

    Other search engines are supported and can be picked from a list – Yahoo!, Bing and DuckDuckGo for web, and Amazon.com, eBay, Twitter and Wikipedia (EN) search – but it’s Google most of the world gets out of the box upon downloading Firefox.

    Funding from Google in Mozilla’s accounting is categorised as “royalties” and accounted for 90 per cent of Mozilla’s total revenue and support in 2012, a gain over 85 per cent from the year before.

    Mozilla made $331,005 and $163,474 in revenue and support respectively.

    An agreement with Google goes back 10 years to 2004.

    Without Google and in the absence of a more diversified income, there’s no doubt Mozilla could not function.

    Neither would Firefox as we know it have been able to rise up to break Microsoft’s dominant hold on the web browser market during the 2000s.


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