April, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome – Up; Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera – Down
And now the desktop numbers…
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer market share has since reached its peak and is down by 0.08 point, from 57.96% to 57.88%.
Well, that didn’t take long.
It appears that Mozilla has finally cracked down from all the content industry pressure and is no longer against implementing DRM into its web browser, at least not against in a way that they refuse to do it. Everything else is pretty much just a PR talk.
At least for now.
Back in February, Mozilla has announced its plans to display ads Firefox’s New Tab Page, which, as you might have expected, did not go well with the community.
Now, it looks like the open source organization has come to senses and is ditching the idea, they said:
Just a quickie.
Now here’s a shocker: despite the fact that Firefox OS does not have any market share, the software giant has decided to allocate some of its resources and create a Bing app for Mozilla’s very own mobile platform. Check it out here.
Now if only Google would do the same and release some of their apps for platforms with at least some of the market share, aka Windows Phone.
Simultaneous releases is a way to go.
Following the desktop release, Mozilla has also released the final version of Firefox 29 for Android, which brings some neat changes.
So what’s new? First in the list is ability to set up Firefox Sync by creating a Firefox account. Users will also get search suggestions for Bing when it’s set as a default search engine. As far as other changes go, there’s a better integration for Open Web Apps, multiple quick share buttons and more.
With refreshed UI and more.
At last, a new browser release and this time it’s Firefox 29 for PC, which Mozilla calls “the most customizable Firefox ever”. Why? Well, after months of waiting, the open source organization has finally delivered a refreshed UI, which borrows heavily from Google Chrome.
To get a better idea on what does it look like, check the video below.
Firefox OS meets Metro and iOS 7.
The overall design follows Microsoft’s “flat surface” guidelines and then borrows from iOS, with added transparency and such.
Is it over?
It looks like Mozilla is about to get a new CEO as the most recent one, Brendan Eich has just resigned over the support of anti-gay marriage bill. The news come after a couple of Eich’s interviews where he repeatedly said that he will not resign over this issue. All sources claim that it was his own decision and that it wasn’t forced by the board.
According to recode, Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker “became emotional at one point during the interview – noted that she was “doing a fair amount of self-reflection and I am wondering how did I miss it that this would matter more when he was the CEO.”
And the drama continues…
We hope that this was the April fool’s joke but in case it’s not, it looks like the new Mozilla CEO story is far from over.
In case you haven’t been following the news, back in 2008 Brendan Eich made a $1000 donation to support California’s Proposition 8 (anti-gay marriage), which now made a lot of people upset as he became the CEO of Mozilla.
Another day, another CEO for Mozilla.
Back in August 2005, he became a CTO of Mozilla and has been doing some management ever since. What about his vision? Well, as it turns out, he doesn’t see Firefox as a top priority project, instead it is Firefox OS, yes, a mobile operating system that is yet to gain any traction is what Mozilla will be focusing on from now on. Either he is crazy, highly ambitious or both.