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The future development for Mozilla's Firefox is that in 2013 there will be Mozilla's Firefox OS phones. It will be revealed in 2013. The new Firefox OS was developed by using HTML 5 and it is also built on "Boot to Gecko project" by Mozilla. In the HTML 5 application it will feature every call, message or game. This phone also has a new web- based APIS which are application programming interfaces; it allows developers to access the device hard drive.

The other future developments for Mozilla Firefox is that if Firefox users are running on Mac OS X 10.5 they will stop receiving Firefox updates- if a user would like to keep on getting updates then they must change to Mac OS X 10.6. In the new Firefox it has updates will update its memory (improve it)- since there is a lot of leaks from the add-ons by when an add-on holds onto copies of a website's memory even after the tab has been closed this causes the pages to pile up and can take up a lot of memory. So the newest Firefox will stop the leaks from happening by detecting the problem and fix the leaked memory. It means that it will stay stable and responsive if the add-on makes a mistake. Other future developments include bringing social life to Firefox by a feature called Share- you take the link and put it into a social service. They are also taking out HTTPS for Google searches because it then helps Firefox users to have a better control on the things that they may search for. Mozilla Firefox will also be improving the Firefox update service by background updates which means that if an update is detected then it will automatically download the update but it has to be restarted in order to install it, this new update will allow Firefox to install the while the browser is running. Other ways of improving the update service is that it will remind you to update the UI, and windows UAC service which is that once you have updated it once then it will continue to update the future versions of Firefox without asking you again.

Releases in Mozilla Firefox are Firefox 17 and Thunderbird 17 which are both based on Gecko 17. There will also be Firefox 18 and Thunderbird 18 based on Gecko 18 and on Gecko 19 there will be Firefox 19 and Thunderbird 19.

Market Share (Usage share)

In 2012 Firefox's usage share in January was of the highest percent of 37.1% out of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari and Opera. Firefox is of the second most popular browser today. The percentage of people that use Mozilla Firefox is 22.05%.

In North America as of April 2012 Firefox was rated second with the percentage of 21.0%. The web browser usage for Firefox in South America, April 2012 came in third with 20.8%. In South America Firefox 11 was rated third with 12.8% out of the 10 other browsers. In Europe, April 2012 it had the best usage of 30.6% and the Firefox 11 came in second out of the other ten browsers in Europe. In Africa, April 2012 Firefox had the best usage of 39.5% and out of the 10 browsers Firefox came out second with 18.1%. In Asia Firefox was rated third with 24.3% for its usage but for the top 10 browser versions in Asia, Firefox 11 came in third with 12.4%. The usage in Oceania/ Australia, Firefox was rated third with the percent of 22.6% and out of the ten browsers Firefox 11 came in third with 16.0%. For the web browser usage worldwide of April 2012 Firefox came in third with 25% but out of the ten browser versions worldwide Firefox 11 came in second with 15.8%.


Firefox is a lot safer than Internet explorer by the following reasons:

Firefox is an open source- since it is an open source it allows anyone to look at the source code.

Certain users that are afraid of something to happen to their software can install No Script- It's an add-on that takes care of vulnerabilities that have not yet been built up. It allows the users to select objects that the user trusts while blocking out all the rest.

Internet Explorer is more probable to viruses- Firefox verifies the add-ons that you may wish to install. If you wanted to install a bad add-on then "the browser warns you". In the browser the information is limited by the danger.

Firefox tells the user if you are about to enter a malicious website- it does this by using a service provided by Google.

The advantages of Mozilla Firefox are:

You can download and save the installer whenever you need it.

It is easier and more reliable way to search and save web pages.

It has a few key features- such as tabbed browsing- it allows you to view multiple pages in one browser. Internet Explorer also has this but it must be installed with a toolbar.

It's safe mode feature- it allows you to either keep or disable add-ons. It allows you to reset your toolbar and its controls, and restore default search engine.

It also supports the following software's- HTML, ECMAScript (Java Script) and more.


Mozilla Firefox has the best security over Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari. It also has the best Pop-up blocker, clear data, anti- software, anti- virus, anti- phishing and private mode.

For Firefox's security it has an anti- phishing feature that blocks any connections that were from malicious websites. It also has the best pop- up prevention over Internet Explorer. Firefox also has a "safe mode" just in case it runs into any disasters and then can recover from it. Unlike Internet Explorer where it only disables add- on by default the Firefox Safe Mode will allow you to erase all your history and it also allows you to return the browser settings to the default. The safe mode also makes other necessity changes and it also allows you to restart automatically normally. When you enter a website that has a lot of errors or may give you a lot of errors on your computer, Firefox sends the users a lot of confirm messages to get to website- so therefore it is giving you multiple opportunities to install and review the site. Firefox also allows passwords to be protected by a master password because of this it passed 9 of the 21 password handling tests by the Password Manager Evaluator.


Mozilla Firefox was rated second best out of all the browsers for its support.

Its supported configurations are Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Mac OS.

The support that it has is online documentations, including frequently asked questions, and a tutorial. It provides a standard help or even personalized help by live chats with the Firefox community.