As expected, today Firefox has been downloaded for the 1 billionth time (1 thousand millionth in some countries), a pretty number that highlights Firefox’s success in its first four and a half years.
Here’s a brief timeline of Firefox downloads milestones:
- Firefox 1.0 is released on November 9, 2004, 1200 days ago.
- 100 million reached on October 19, 2005, 344 days later.
- 200 million reached on August 2, 2006,Â 287 days later.
- 300 million reached on February 12, 2007, 193 days later
- 400 million reached on September 7, 2007, 207 days later.
- 500 million reached today February 22, 2008, 168 days later.
- 1 billion reached today July 31, 2009.
One notable thing is the first half of the billion took about 3 years and a half, while the second one less than a year and a half, due to Firefox popularity reflected in the global market share increase, currently hovering 30%.
Spread Firefox has an ongoing campaign to celebrate the mark: take a picture of yourself or your group in a beautiful location showing cool Firefox gear, and send it to email@example.com, until today.
On Monday, Mozilla will launch 1 billion downloads + You featuring the submitted pictures.
In case someone may get confused, this number has nothing to do with the total number of users, which is currently estimated at around 250 million. A user could download Firefox more than once in the last four and a half years, while a single download could have been installed in more that one computer. Without counting cyber cafes where a single installation can be the main Internet access point for several users.