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Executive SummaryEdit

Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and managed by Mozilla Corporation. Firefox had 21% of the recorded usage share of web browsers as of January 2009, making it the second-most popular browser in current use worldwide, after Internet Explorer. To display web pages, Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine, which implements some current web standards plus a few features which are intended to anticipate likely additions to the standards. Firefox includes tabbed browsing, a spell checker, incremental find, live bookmarking, a download manager, and an integrated search system that uses the user's desired search engine. Functions can be added through add-ons created by third-party developers, the most popular of which include the NoScript JavaScript disabling utility, Tab Mix Plus customizer, FoxyTunes media player control toolbar, Adblock Plus ad blocking utility, StumbleUpon (website discovery), Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer (bookmark synchronizer), DownThemAll! download enhancer, and Web Developer toolbar.

Firefox runs on various versions of Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and many other Unix-like operating systems. Its current stable release is version 3.0.6, released on February 3, 2009. Firefox's source code is free software, released under a tri-license GPL/LGPL/MPL.

Teachers can use this because it is a free and easy to use browser. The browser organizes information well and can be useful for teachers looking on multiple webpages. The tabbed browsing can come in handy as can the download manager.

Firefox Edit

What is this? Edit

This technology provides a free application to search the web, manage pages, and keep track of downloads as well as several other beneficial features.

Platform Edit

Web browser

Application in Innovation Edit

Innovation applications:

The browser can allow some programs and other online applications to run that cannot on other browsers. This can allow teachers to do and show things that could not be done with other programs and bring information and experiences into the classroom that previously could not be by helping teachers to access new information.


Applications in Efficiency Edit

Efficiency applications: many

Saves time opening various windows. Tabbed browsing allows you to switch from page to page easier while working online. The download manager save time by making it easy to keep track of what is happening. The spell check feature save you from proof reading. The time saved can be used for other purposes.

Applications in Community Edit

Community applications: none


Required technical proficiency Edit

Little. Download and install application. Then use like a regular web browser.

Similar to / different from Edit

Internet explorer, netscape. Different feature vary between browers. Many have the same one. Each offers slight difference here and there.

Limitations Edit

Some programs cannot download or be installed through Firefox.

Official page Edit

www.firefox.com

For more information Edit

www.mozilla.com

Links Edit

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