Saturday, June 25, 2011

Corporate users we don't care about you - Says Mozilla

Mozilla Firefox word mark. Guestimated clear s...Image via WikipediaAza Dotzler, product evangelist at Mozilla said recently in a comment that Mozilla has no interest in corporate Firefox users, since they do not form a majority in the browser market.

Mozilla released Firefox 5 this week and they announced the End of support for Firefox 4.  This caused a major stir among corporate admins and users.  Mike Kaply of IBM clearly explained the impact of this, in his blog post

Adding fuel to the fire, Asa Dotzler said in a comment

Mike, you do realize that we get about 2 million Firefox downloads per day from regular user types, right? Your “big numbers” here are really just a drop in the bucket, fractions of fractions of a percent of our user base.

Enterprise has never been (and I’ll argue, shouldn’t be) a focus of ours. Until we run out of people who don’t have sysadmins and enterprise deployment teams looking out for them, I can’t imagine why we’d focus at all on the kinds of environments you care so much about.

Asa may have a valid reason behind this comment, but this harsh comment will not help Mozilla to grow.  Already it is facing stiff competition from Google and IE9.  With these comments, things will be more tough for Mozilla.

IE is the one who took the quick advantage of it and said that corporations are the major concern for them and IE9 will be supported till the end of life for Windows 7.

What do you think?  Is it right for Asa Dotzler to react in that way?  Share it through comments.

An interestinng suggestion about how long term support for corporate users is still possible for Firefox.

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