Feb. 9, 2004
Firefox released, gains mindshare with techies (Feb. 9, 2004): The Mozilla Foundation released a beta version of Firefox — dubbed Firebox 0.8 — that would soon catch on as a speedy alternative to Internet Explorer. By 2004, Microsoft had more than 87% of the browser market, according to Janco Associates. But within six months of this release, Firefox was the preferred browser among techies, winning awards at Linuxworld Expo and being dubbed hot by Wired Magazine. Firefox grew in popularity, and today this free, open source browser has [[xref: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/073109-firefox-one-billion.html|19.2% market share | Firefox cracks 1 billion downloads]].