Firefox 1.0 to Gain More Mac OS X Features
The lead engineer for the Mozilla Foundation says the "alternative browser market seems more viable, more vibrant, on the Mac than on Windows" as he outlines Firefox's Mac future.For a product that can count a double-digit market share only through the generous rounding of numbers, the release of Version 1.0 of the Mozilla Foundations Firefox Web browser was met with great enthusiasm and interest among users of Apple Computer Inc.s Macintosh computers. But such a response for an arguably niche product is nothing new to this audience, which applauded a rare simultaneous, multiplatform release of software. eWEEK.com spoke with Ben Goodger, the lead engineer for the Mozilla Foundation, about developing for multiple platforms and what lies ahead for the Mac version of Firefox. Read more here about the release of Firefox Version 1.0.
Though Mozilla does not break out numbers by platform, the company said a preview release of Firefox was downloaded more than 8 million times. In addition, a statistic from Web metrics company WebSideStory claimed that in June alone, the alternative browsers share rose from 3.5 percent to 6 percent, even as usage of Microsofts Internet Explorer browser shrank from 95.5 percent to 92.9 percent.