Firefox: Product or Platform?

Steve Yegge's sprawling Amazon vs. Google platform rant (linking to Hacker News as Steve has since pulled his original post) has finally spurred me to expand on something I wrote recently about Firefox: In essence, Mozilla wants to focus on creating the best browser possible. The distractions inherent in maintaining…

Wonder How Chrome is Growing Market Share? Ask Adobe

Yesterday one of my colleagues started grumbling and swearing even more vociferously than usual. He had installed Adobe Flash in Firefox in order to test some changes to our website and claimed that Google Chrome had been installed as well. "Impossible," I said. "Remember Google's motto is Don't Be Evil.…

Firefox's Version Controversy isn't Just About Marketing. It's About the Strategic Direction of the Company.

For those who tuned in late, Mozilla announced after the release of Firefox 4 in March that they would be instituting a rapid release schedule like that of Google Chrome, involving a new browser release every six weeks. Resistance to the plan has been widespread. To some degree this reaction…

Is the URL Bar Obsolete?

Who would have thought that the humble browser URL bar would spark so much interest in the technosphere. When Ars Technica reported that prerelease version of Chrome sports a navigation bar that disappears when not in use, Mozilla Labs quickly responded with an experimental extension that offers a similar feature.…