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Interesting facts about the Mozilla Firefox browser

We take a look at some interesting features and trivia about Internet browser Mozilla Firefox on it's co-creator Blake Ross' birthday

>>The Mozilla Firefox browser was initially released under the name Phoenix 0.1. Firefox was adopted rapidly, with 100 million downloads in its first year of availability.

>>The Mozilla Firefox project was created by Dave Hyatt and Blake Ross, two Netscape employees, as an experimental branch of the Mozilla browser.

>>Included by Dave Hyatt, Firefox supports tabbed browsing, which allows users to open several pages in one window. The "tab overflow" solution that keeps the user's tabs easily accessible when they would otherwise become illegible, "session store" which lets the user keep the opened tabs across the restarts, and an "undo close tab" feature.

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>>Firefox also permits the "homepage" to be a list of URLs delimited with vertical bars (|), which are automatically opened in separate tabs, rather than a single page.

>>In 2012, the Mozilla Firefox browser was recognized as the Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy.

>>A Firefox innovation, Do Not Track lets you indicate a preference about the way your personal info is collected and used online.

>>Mozilla Firefox's private browsing feature protects the user's browsing history from others.

>>The Lightbeam add-on exposes the first and third party sites you interact with as you browse.

>>Mozilla Firefox outperformed other browsers in recent independent tests to be named the "speed king." According to researchers, the browser displayed cutting-edge speed when it came to indulging in activities like online gaming, opening or switching between tabs and getting search results.

>>Mozilla Firefox has been touted as an incredibly flexible web browser. The browser's 'Customize' panel has options to add, move or remove any button the user wants. Other features like add-ons, private browsing, syncing and more are just one click away. Firefox users can access their bookmarks, web history, passwords and more from any device, anytime and anywhere they want.

>>Mozilla Firefox browser's address bar, which has been named the 'Awesome Bar' has and advanced auto complete feature that remembers the search history of the user and suggests the list of sites based on search history and highlights bookmarks to make the overall surfing experience easier.

>>The Firefox browser has many easy-to-install add-ons, namely the Video Resumer that automatically resumes YouTube videos from where the user played them last. Another notable add-on, the Clear Console that helps the user clear their browsing history, cache immediately. Besides the aforementioned ones, there are several other add-ons that guarantee a smoother web experience.

>>Firefox provides an environment for web developers in which they can use built-in tools, such as the Error Console or the DOM Inspector, or extensions, such as Firebug.

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