Mozilla's chief lizard wrangler meshes mobile and desktop via web

Posted by Christian Zibreg

Chicago (IL) - Mitchell Baker, chairwoman of the open-source
organization Mozilla, offers her view of 2010 by stating that the web
and open standards are key drivers in bringing desktop and mobile
worlds together. Putting her money where her mouth is, Baker promised
mobile and desktop Firefox versions would bridge the two worlds unlike
anything in the browsing market before. She also reaffirmed her
organization's commitment to make user-generated data easily
manageable and portable in an online world, urging web application
developers to take notice.

Mozilla's chief wrangler,
Mitchell Baker, has posted a final set of Mozilla's goals for 2010 that
throw more light on a previously published draft
which has roughly set Mozilla's pace for next two years. Just to remind
everyone, now four months old the draft put mobile Firefox version on the map
and stated the need for Mozilla to take the lead in controlling users'
data, deepening its role on the Internet and increase Firefox market
share.

A quick check
today reveals that Mozilla has drawn several steps closer to
fulfilling at least two of the four stated goals: Fennec has seen two public alpha releases which focus on performance and extensions platform, while
desktop Firefox climbed above a 21 percent web usage share - mainly at the
expense of Microsoft's Internet Explorer which fell bellow 69 percent
web usage share, taking two out of every three users that IE surrendered.

In
an updated set of 2010 goals posted online last week, Baker offered a
finalized agenda - one focused around "reinforcing Firefox's role as a driver
of innovation, choice and great user experience," in addition to
bridging mobile and desktop worlds through the combined power of the
web and open standards. Baker also renewed Mozilla's aim to promote
portability of user-generated content, while nodding at the cloud-based
computing where
computing power is delivered to the desktop over the Internet - arguing that the web is becoming "the primary development environment for
applications."

Speaking of user-generated content
and data, Baker said Mozilla will continue promoting the creation of open
content with a special focus on data portability, hybrid social
enterprises, shared decision-making and individual control. She
acknowledged that the explosion of user-generated content amplifies the
need to make this content "safer, more useful and more manageable,"
urging developers of web applications to take notice because users
expect that the content they create online and data associated with
them be accessible, manageable, shareable and easily moved from one
place to another.

Mozilla's chairwoman has also stressed that mobile Firefox (dubbed Fennec, scheduled for 2010)
will showcase the power of the web as a development platform by
making sure that emerging web standards are used across desktop and
mobile worlds and all devices - instead of separating mobile-specific
from "web" standards.

As TG Daily noted before, Fennec
taps the same Mozilla-based plug-in architecture found in desktop
Firefox, meaning developers can make their extensions compatible
across both desktop and mobile Firefox versions with minimal code
changes (typically just to address differences in screen sizes and user
interfaces, leaving most of the underlying logic intact). This approach,
the first ever in the browsing market, will enable users to personalize
their environment and browsing experience with the same set of
extensions on their Firefox desktop and their mobile devices running
Fennec.