As expected, Mozilla has announced that it has extended its commercial agreeent with Google for three years.
Details on the agreement are confidential, but it means that Google will remain as Firefox’s default search engine for the foreseeable future.
There have been a number of articles in the news for the last month about the risk Mozilla was at because of the well known expiration of this contract in last November, which amounts for as much as 80-90% of Mozilla’s revenue.
Li Gong, CEO and Chairman of Mozilla Online (Mozilla China), announced that Mozilla will open new offices in Taipei in the coming weeks.
According to Li Gong’s post, Mozilla Taipei will focus on mobile development and the recently announced project Boot-to-Gecko, which aims to deliver an all-web desktop experience based on Android and Mozilla’s Gecko rendering engine.
Six months took Mozilla to find the ideal successor to John Lilly, former Mozilla Corporation’s CEO for the last two and a half years and COO some time before that.
Gary Kovacs, a former general manager and vice president of mobile and devices at Adobe, and employee of IBM for ten years, has been appointed as the next Mozilla Corp. CEO.
A couple of instant thoughts:
Mozilla is betting on mobile (and it’s not alone). This is observed by John Lilly, former Mozilla CEO, in his latest post introducing Gary: “He’s got a deep background in mobile over the last 5 years or so — that’s an incredibly important area where we’ve got a lot to prove in the coming years.”
He could give Mozilla a much needed corporate IT perspective that helps it tend some important limitations: (policies) support, (deployment and update) support, (service level agreed) support, and then more support.
I am personally glad to see someone who knows Adobe from the inside to come aboard. I am pretty sure Adobe has serious interest in making the web a better place, and is just coming to realize the open web is an opportunity as big as the lack of rich web media features was more than a decade ago.
On the other hand we all need Adobe’s top class tools. A Flash version that outputs HTML5 code instead of SWF files would be a turning point in web history.
Mitchell Baker‘s note on Gary’s personal skills and traits is as encouraging: “I found Gary to focus a bit more on areas of agreement before diving to the heart of potential differences than is common at Mozilla”.
To John: Thanks. For driving Mozilla, helping it define a stronger identity, while becoming a stronger company.
John’s expected to remain in Mozilla’s board after the transition.
Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Foundation chairwoman, has announced that John Lilly, Mozilla Corporation CEO, will step down of this role later this year, to pursue new challenges as a venture capitalist.
Sometime this year John will step down from his role as CEO at Mozilla to join the venture firm Greylock Partners, returning to his original plan of investing. John will remain on the Board of the Mozilla Corporation. And he will also remain at Mozilla during the transition. The timing of this announcement — just as we begin a formal search for a new CEO — is to make this process more open than is generally the case and is a reflection of the uniqueness of Mozilla as a public benefit organization dedicated to openness and participation in Internet life.
John Lilly succeeded Mitchell Baker as CEO of Mozilla Corporation a little more than 2 years ago now, after working as COO for the previous few years, and has effectively helped to make Mozilla a leading Internet force, through innovative products and projects, and a committed, healthy global community.
There’s an interesting interview to Window Snyder, Mozilla Security Officer, by CNET’s Robert Vamosi.
Window talks about what Mozilla is doing to help create industry wide security metrics that let consumers and businesses take better informed decisions, the unique open approach Mozilla takes on sharing what it’s doing and what’s not on the security front, and how usability and features like session restore have a role in the security front as well.