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Since the fall of 2004, Mozilla's Firefox has been pitting itself against Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer for the Web browser crown. While IE is still the dominant power by far, Firefox has picked up a lot more loyal adherents than many expected when it first launched. What follows are some of the highlights of Computerworld's coverage of the battle of Firefox vs. IE.
November 2004: Mozilla launches Firefox 1.0 browser
"The Mozilla Foundation has released Version 1.0 of its Firefox browser, an open-source product that has generated lofty expectations that it will offer real competition to Microsoft Corp.'s ubiquitous Internet Explorer. A preview release of Firefox available since last month has been downloaded over 8 million times, the Mozilla Foundation said in a statement today."
July 2005: Firefox gains on IE in June
"The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox browser nibbled at Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer market share in June, continuing a consistent monthly trend this year. Firefox increased its market share to 8.71%, up from 8% in May, while Internet Explorer's share shrank to 86.56% from 87.23%, according to NetApplications.com."
In honor of today's Firefox 3 release, Microsoft's Internet Explorer team gave a cake to Mozilla. The tasty treat, which prominently displays IE's blue "e" icon, just arrived here at Mozilla headquarters in Mountain View.