Smaller, Better: Mozilla Firefox Loses Weight to Run Faster than Competitors

    The Mozilla Foundation continues to build its business around the development of the Firefox browser , gradually cutting off other projects. Now it's time to say goodbye to Thunderbird . This is a free software for working with email, newsgroups, as well as with the calendar.

    “I believe that Thunderbird will develop better after separation from Mozilla and its technologies,” writes Michelle Baker, president of the foundation, in a statement.

    Michelle Baker notes that the fate of Thunderbird is not fully resolved. It can become part of another company, or stand out in a separate business and produce open source software.

    Developers will no longer support Thunderbird in any form, writesTechCrunch. The development of new versions of this software was discontinued in 2012. After that, the project was supported for three years. But during this time, Thunderbird is pretty dated.

    And back in 2004, this product simply “blew up” the market. In the first ten days after launch, the application received 1 million downloads. Of course, over time, users switched to mobile or web clients, and the popularity of Thunderbird faded.

    Mozilla is trying to drop ballasts, “rejuvenate” Firefox, make it more flexible and mobile in the competition against browsers such as Google Chrome. If this succeeds, Firefox will not need to modify related products or their interfaces when updating.

    For the same reasons, Mozilla said in early Octoberthat until the end of next year in the Mozilla Firefox browser will be discontinued support for plug-ins with NPAPI (Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface). This plug-in programming interface will only allow Adobe Flash, because this technology remains extremely popular. The same plugins as Silverlight, Java, Unity and other Firefox will not be supported in the future. Instead of NPAPI, it is proposed to use the native Web API browser interface through which it is quite possible to do everything that is done through NPAPI so far.

    At the end of November, the Mozilla Foundation published a financial report for 2014. From the document it follows that Mozilla received the main income from contracts with Google search engines andYahoo - the share of these payments in the company's total revenue exceeds 90%. Because Google was the default search engine in Firefox, the fund received $ 280 million in 2012, $ 282 million in 2013, and Mozilla refused to renew the agreement with the search giant in 2014 and entered into an agreement with Yahoo instead. Despite this, Mozilla's total revenue increased 4.9% to $ 330 million.

    In November last year, Mozilla refused a “single” contract with Google and chose to pursue a more flexible policy. From that moment on, the default search engine in the browser in the USA is Yahoo, in Russia Yandex takes this place, and in China - Baidu. At the same time, despite the lack of agreements with the search giant, in Europe, Google continues to be the default search in Firefox without any payments at all.

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