Internet browsing has become a major activity for today’s jet generation. Rather for most of the folks using computer itself means surfing internet. So in that case the browser used by those people bears a great responsibility of providing an excellent surfing experience to the user and this is where Browsers come in picture. They are like a plug in to a software program which merge with the main application and enhance the web surfing experience by providing what browser is unable to provide.
Browser add-ons have become pretty famous these days. As we are all aware of the famous browser wars between popular brands like Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, Opera over their products like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, respectively. Everyone is trying all they can to provide the best they can to prove their superiority over others and hence capture the maximum share of the market. In this spat of browsing software manufacturers the customers are certainly having a party time. The idea of add-on was perhaps first started by Mozilla people as coming up with a new version just for a few small updates didn’t seem appropriate so instead they thought why not develop a completely different community who only develops only add-ons which will be mini-software products which will work by embedding themselves with the browser and serve its purpose and ultimately that whole unit will be able to deliver more than it was earlier able to.
Mozilla’s add-on was a successful idea which led to a completely new trend. Slowly and steadily everyone started coming up with their own set of add-ons to deliver the enhanced browsing experience. The add-ons could perform a lot of functions like play heavy media files like DivX, Xvid, etc formats, customize the appearance and looks of the browser, improve searches for images and other stuff and use customized home pages, listening to radio, getting extra toolbars to perform lots other tasks just by few clicks, getting better bookmarking options, adding RSS feeds readers, run some specially programmed scripts, etc. But none other than Mozilla could get successful in this area of software industry and that was due to the generous contribution of open source community and several good programmers across the globe. Talking about Mozilla there were more than 600 million total add-ons downloads a couple of years ago, so by today it would have certainly crossed 1 billion.
As Mozilla’s add-ons community is really big and really generous, it has several kick-ass add-ons which can really make lots of minds boggle. This is the advantage of making a project open source that the better minds can deliver their share and make the end product much better. To name a few add-ons like Cooliris, Greasemonkey, Chatzilla, etc if were to be developed professionally would have cost really quite an amount but here in Mozilla it doesn’t cost a penny. Thus Mozilla’s add-on site gets around 4.5 million hits everyday more than perhaps any other site in software industry.
You can download plugins and add-ons for Mozilla from https://addons.mozilla.org. some cool and necessary add-ons include Acrobat Reader, Flash Player, Java, RealPlayer, Shockwave, and Windows Media Player, etc. so go ahead and explore the world of browser add-ons.