Sometime last night, Firefox downloads crossed the 500 million threshold.
It's an arbitrary but interesting milestone for the open-source Web browser, whose development is overseen bybut that's also developed and extended by a large number of outside programmers. In September 2007, , indicating an average rate a bit shy of 20 million per month at present.
According to the Spread Firefox site, there had been 500,168,448 downloads as of 6:15 a.m. PST. About 12 hours earlier, there had been more than 499,900,000.
Firefox has spread widely in the years since its release. The project originally was named Phoenix to symbolize a rising from the ashes of the Netscape open-source browser project that began in 1998 but languished for many years as Microsoft's Internet Explorer solidified its lead.
Now, which brings performance improvements and interface changes, and for handheld devices.
A sister subsidiary of Mozilla,with the open-source Thunderbird e-mail software.