IE6 is dead, Firefox lives, and Mozilla is (still) awesome
December 20, 2011 § 9 Comments
Reports of Firefox’s death were greatly exaggerated.
For the last several weeks, we’ve seen a stream of speculative hype and forecasts of doom from many in the tech press. But today, all that’s been put to rest — like we always knew it would be:
- Google Renews Firefox Search Royalty Deal
- Mozilla and Google Sign New Agreement for Default Search in Firefox
- Mozilla in 2012: why the mission of Mozilla is as important as ever
And we’re just getting started
As Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs points out, Mozilla is growing, leading, and doubling down on its non-profit mission in crucial new ways: working to create a web literate planet, building a generation of web makers, breaking commercial choke-holds through our vision for apps, setting mobile free, putting people in charge of their online identity, and pushing the web forward.
A nice triple for the open web
As Ryan Merkley pointed out, this week marks an interesting triple play for the open web:
1) Internet Explorer 6, the browser that once threatened to break the internet, is now officially slated for extinction.
Even Microsoft now concedes on its IE6 countdown site that there’s just no place for a non-standards compliant browser:
“…in an era of modern web standards, it’s time to say goodbye.”
Firefox created that era. We’re all now living in the open, standards-based and competitive world Mozilla fought to create.
3) And the Mozilla Google deal is done, providing an important revenue stream to continue and expand our non-profit mission for years to come.
It’s a good day to be a Mozillian.