Firefox nears 1bn downloads

By Daniel Nolan topicIcon Internet News

Firefox set for milestone

Web browser Firefox is on the verge of receiving one billion downloads.

The Mozilla Foundation, developer of the open-source software, has predicted that the landmark figure will be reached on Friday, July 31st 2009.

This number includes users that have manually updated their existing software to take advantage of the latest updates but excludes those that have downloaded it automatically.

A new consumer-facing website entitled will be launched once the milestone has been passed.

Launched in 2004, Firefox has since established itself as one of the world