At first it was Thunderbird and now FFOS…
Mozilla, the company that is ran by the headless chickens, has announced that they will stop developing and selling Firefox OS smartphones.
Unveiled back in 2013, Firefox OS was supposed to flood the developing world with the low cost devices. After that strategy failed, they switched to the “higher end”, and after this strategy failed too, Mozilla completely abandoned the platform and it is now dead.
No, it does not work on Firefox for iOS.
Recently, Mozilla has announced that they will begin focusing on the core user experiences instead; so they have pretty much stopped developing Thunderbird and even ditched sponsored tiles as a result.
Now, the very same organization has just announced a new product: Focus by Firefox, a free content blocker for the Apple’s Safari users. How exactly does it help Mozilla to focus on the core Firefox user experiences? I am not sure that Mozilla knows that either.
Now cares about the “core” experiences.
Remember when Mozilla started to experiment with the sponsored tiles, saying that it was for the better? Then, despite a lot of controversy, still decided to implement ads into Firefox?
Well, after the continuous decline in the market share, it looks like Mozilla might have finally realized that selling out its users is not exactly a formula for the success. The result? The recently made announcement, which puts an end to this. As stated by Darren Herman, “Advertising in Firefox could be a great business, but it isn’t the right business for us at this time because we want to focus on core experiences for our users.”
Might spin it off.
Mitchell Baker, the exec chairwoman of Mozilla Organization, has recently published an open memo on the mozilla.governance forum, sharing her thoughts about Firefox and Thunderbird, its free email client.
As it turns out, Baker does not believe in Thunderbird anymore and now considers it akin to “paying a tax”, even though the active software development has pretty much stopped back in 2012.
So what’s going to happen with the Mozilla’s email client? According to Mitchell, “Thunderbird should would thrive best by separating itself from reliance on Mozilla development systems and in some cases, Mozilla technology,” which pretty much indicates what fans have had feared for years: Thunderbird is dead, unless new home is found.
The search deal did not come to a rescue.
Last year, Google and Mozilla did not come extend the search agreement, and as a result, Yahoo! became the default search engine in Firefox.
While at first Yahoo! experienced a pretty healthy increase in its market share numbers (where even Google was concerned as it begged users to switch back), it looks like the gains did not hold. According to the most recent data, for October, Yahoo’s global usage share was actually at a new low, 7.6%, down from 10.2% (January 2015).
Now here is a milestone for you.
Eleven years ago, Mozilla has released Firefox 1.0, which later became one of the most popular web browsers in the world. Fast forward to now and Firefox is sitting at the version 42, with more features than ever but far less excitement than 4-5 years ago.
In any case, we wish Firefox a very happy birthday and hoping to see some fresh innovations (and not Chrome copying), which might lead to the legendary browser’s come back.
And it’s called Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS).
Earlier this month, Mozilla has launched the open source support program, which aims to support the said software.
As revealed in a blog post, Mozilla will be giving away as much $1,000,000 to help the community. The goal? It’s pretty simple, identify up to 10 projects and fund them by December 12th. Although there is no way to apply yet, feel free to bookmark the following page, in case you do see yourself receiving some of the Google’s Search cash.
In case you missed, Google and Mozilla have decided to rename the .bro extension to .br because a feminist told me so. Below, you will find some of the best comments from the reddit thread.
Well i’m glad they finally addressed one of the biggest issues with Firefox. Now it’s perfect !
This is the world we live in.
When it comes to the first world browser problems, there are certainly more important things to talk about than ditching plugins, abandoning flash, and so on…
Just recently, Google revealed a new and open source web compression algorithm called Brotli, which is around 25% than Zopfli, a now previous generation algo from the very same company. Now what happened next is pretty ridiculous. Due to the nature of this name, files compressed with Brotli would have had a file extension .bro, but that is no longer the case as it will be changed to .br. Why?
One of the great things about Mozilla and their releases is the fact that they choose to publish both PC and Mobile builds at the same time and Firefox 42 Beta is no exception.
So what exactly is new in this version?
- The private browsing with tracking protection will now block various web elements that could lead to your tracking.
- Scrollable tabs for panels navigation