It's with great pleasure that I can announce that, thanks to Mozilla's Jan de Mooij, the new ES6 generator functions are twenty-two times faster in Firefox!
A couple of months ago, I wrote about the tremendous potential for Mozilla to change the world by putting smartphone capabilities in the hands of hundreds of millions of people with its Firefox OS. That's an example of the project moving its focus away from the traditional desktop to a sector that is likely to become the dominant one in the next few years.
In a sense, Mozilla has already won on the desktop, turning a market totally dominated by one company - Microsoft - into one where there are now four alternative browsers, all implementing open standards. That's a huge achievement, but it's also true that Firefox's share of that market has been declining for some time, and is likely to continue to do so absent any major surprises in the sector. That raises the question: Where does Mozilla go now?
For some time now, Mozilla has been focused on making virtual reality come alive in browsing experiences. In June, the company delivered builds of Firefox that supported the Oculus Rift device and platform, and now the company has delivered a new site that demonstrates the virtual reality promise of the Web.
Birthdays are a time to reflect on past accomplishments. And ours – yours – was huge: we helped save the Internet. We saved the Internet by not accepting the status quo, by not allowing corporate interests to acquire a stranglehold on our online lives. At the time, Microsoft dominated the Web. It was becoming stagnant, locked down and shaped by the vision of one company rather than the creativity of all. Firefox changed that.
Mozilla has officially launched Firefox Developer Edition, billing it as “the first browser created specifically for developers.” If developers sound like a very narrowcasted audience to aim a browser at, remember that many of them complain about having to work across numerous platforms and environments and aim for disparate app stores. There are also a lot of them who work in Firefox via tools such as Firebug.
Firefox for mobile, codenamed Fennec, is the build of the Mozilla Firefox web browser for devices such as Android smartphones and tablet computers. Fennec is available in multiple languages, and just a few months ago, was launched in the Hindi language along with others like: Assamese, Bengali (India), Gujarati, Kannada, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu.
Globally, 4 billion people have yet to access the Web. To invite these next billions of users online, access must be affordable. The tumbling price of smartphones, such as the Firefox OS handsets, is a clear step in this direction.
But few have taken the time to ask: What kind of Web do we need to build to unlock social and economic opportunities for people in emerging markets? Even if we solve key issues like access, affordability and efficiency, what will the next wave of users find when they get online? Will the Web be a place where they can access and create content that has a meaningful impact on their lives?
Mozilla, the mission-based organization dedicated to promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web, is pleased to announce that Firefox OS will soon expand to Africa. The Firefox OS ecosystem has gained support from three new key partners in the region: Airtel, MTN South Africa and Tigo, operated by Millicom, are the first carriers working with Mozilla to soon bring first Firefox OS smartphones to Africa.