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Firefox developer: Mozilla boss goes to the end of the year

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Firefox developer Mozilla is looking for a new boss. Chris Beard, who has been at the helm for the past five years, announced his retreat at the end of the year. If until then no successor has been found, should the former boss Mitchell Baker take over the job provisionally. It is currently available to the parent Mozilla Foundation. He looks forward to spending more time with his family, Beard wrote in a blog entry on Thursday.

Mozilla's browser had lost ground in recent years to the competing Chrome software from Google. Chrome is the world's most widely used browser, also thanks to the many smartphones with Google's Android. Most recently, even Microsoft replaced its browser-based technical base with Chromium, the open-source version of Chrome. Mozilla and Apple continue to develop their own browsers.

Among other things, under Beard, Mozilla Corporation was committed to protecting the privacy of users from tracking tools used by the advertising industry. Mozilla also wants to score points with extended functionality and brings, for example, the in-house password safe under the new name Lockwise (previously: Lockbox) on desktop computers. Overall, more services from the provider under the brand name Firefox are bundled to increase their visibility. That could open the way to new revenue through subscription models. One of Mozilla's main sources of revenue so far has been Google's revenue for using the search engine in the browser.


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