Firefox reorganizes and cuts 250 jobs

August 17 2020 By Posted in Expertise
The Mozilla Foundation, responsible among other things for the development of the Firefox browser, has just made two key announcements in the middle of August.

 

In a first press release, Mozilla confirms that it has renewed its contract with Google for 3 years with regard to the default Firefox search engine. This information indirectly highlights the extreme financial dependence of the foundation on Google since this contract alone would represent 90% of Mozilla’s revenues.

In a second press release, the president of Mozilla confirms the elimination of 250 positions, or about 25% of the foundation’s workforce. These workforce reductions should have the effect of refocusing Firefox on developments with high added value. Some commentators conclude that diagnostic and debugging tools will pay the price for these drastic cuts.

These two news should bolster the current momentum in browser market share:
Based on an analyst consensus, Microsoft Edge became the first alternative browser to Google Chrome for PC environments at the start of the year. It therefore replaced Firefox, which had been fulfilling this role of competitor to Google for many years.

ip-label, in line with market developments, favors monitoring web applications from Google Chrome but also offers monitoring from Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Note that Datametrie users have benefited since this summer from web monitoring based on Chrome 80 and this on all 80 points of the global measurement network.
 

References:
https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2020/08/11/changing-world-changing-mozilla/
https://blog.mozilla.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Message-to-Employees-Change-in-Difficult-Times.pdf
https://www.zdnet.com/article/sources-mozilla-extends-its-google-search-deal/
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-edge-is-now-2nd-most-popular-desktop-browser-beats-firefox/
https://hothardware.com/news/microsoft-edge-mozilla-firefox-market-share-desktop-browser
 

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