Today Mozilla has introduced a new project called Test Pilot that will aim to build a representative sample of 1% of the Firefox users. Like it says, it will replace or compliment the tedious and for some users, the confusing feedback forms, so with fewer clicks, they hope it will increase the overall participation.
Here is the abridged overview:
• Develop and promote a formal Test Pilot program with a Firefox add-on at its core.
• The only things asked will be the geographical zone, technical level, locale, etc… and selecting to be anonymous or not.
• It will inform users about new experiments like overview, use cases, etc… and it will download the software if allowed.
• All participants will receive a “flight badge” displayed in their Test Pilot profile and available to embed on blogs, social networks, etc.
• It will gather only the data needed so it won’t slow down the browser nor your network.
Although it has not been launched, you can add or debate Test Pilot at discussion forum.
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TechCrunch published an interesting article on the recent “Browsers are Hot Again!” panel. Representatives from Microsoft, Google, Mozilla and Opera were invited.
Here is an excerpt from the article on their vision:
P.S. Internet Explorer 8 RC is going to be released within few weeks.
It looks like Mozilla is trying some other players as well. As for now, Firefox default search engine for Russian language users will be Yandex instead of everyone’s beloved Google.
According to research studies conducted by TNS, FOM, and Comcon, Yandex is the largest resource and largest search engine in Russian Internet, based on the audience size and internet penetration. Continue Reading
According to Mozilla’s CEO John Lilly, the things between Mozilla and Google became bit more complicated since the launch of Chrome.
“We have a fine and reasonable relationship,” John Lilly, Mozilla’s CEO, said in an interview last week. “But I’d be lying if I said that things weren’t more complicated than they used to be.”
Of course, when Google supplies 88% of the Mozilla’s revenue, word complicated fits here perfectly.
Mozilla has launched its Community Store which features various designs (but not all of them), originally submitted for T-Shirt contest which was not so long time ago.
You may order any of the designs available there or even create your own one. Once it’s approved by Mozilla team, it will be listed there as well.
In an email to his staff on Mozilla’s Financials which was sent on October 10, 2008, John Lilly also revealed its future expectations for the year 2009.
To summarize everything:
Mozilla intends to grow by 75 in 2009.
Mozilla is break even.
Mozilla believes Google Chrome could reach 7% market share next year.
For a full email, feel free to check this post.
For the first time in history, on December 11th at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the conference will be held dedicated to web browsers add-ons. People from Google, Microsoft and Mozilla will come together to discuss the future of web browsing.
For Agenda and Registration, please check their home page.
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Buried in the financial statements is the fact that the Mozilla Foundation is being audited by the IRS and its non-profit status is in question:
On the audit of the Foundation there has not been any formal notification of issues. There has been inquiry regarding its tax exemption. Management believes that it is conducting its operations in accordance with its original application for exemption and for which it received the advance ruling as a public benefit corporation. Continue Reading