Good afternoon! Firefox Friday has been decidedly absent from the luridly green pages of Download Squad over the last few weeks, but it returns today with vengeance.
A lot has been happening at Mozilla, with developments emerging on all fronts. As always we’ve covered the most important bits, but there’s still a lot more to tell you about.
Let’s crack on with the first and perhaps most telling titbit:
John Lilly, after almost three years at the top, has stepped aside for newcomer Gary Kovacs. Kovacs has a ton of experience in product management (10 years at IBM), and also significant knowledge of rich media and the mobile Web (5 years at Macromedia, then Adobe). For further reading, Lilly has a great blog post introducing Kovacs.
With this appointment it’s clear that Mozilla is fully invested in making Firefox the best browser, both on the desktop and on mobile devices. If you thought the difference between Firefox 3.6 and 4.0 was a big leap, you can only begin to imagine what 5.0 will bring with Kovacs at the helm.
Also worth noting, if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, is that the next Mozilla Labs Night (October 28) will be a ‘Gaming Special’. I’m not quite sure what it will entail, but the Labs Nights are usually a lot of fun… so sign up and head on down to Mountain View! [I wish I lived in San Francisco...]
Mozilla finally plays its next hand in the Apps War: Open Web Applications
Earlier this year, at the Mozilla Summit, attendees were asked what would make the perfect Web App Store. A lot of heated discussion ensued, but ultimately the summit ended and radio silence descended. This week Mozilla Labs broke that silence with the release of the Open Web Applications Technology Overview and the new apps.mozillalabs.com website.
The concept is brilliant, and there’s a demo App Store and Directory that you can play with today. The most important part, however, is that Open Web App developers will have the option of self-publishing their software. This is in stark contrast to the Google-centralised Chrome offering — and light years ahead of the Mac App Store.
Build your own browser with Mozilla Labs Chromeless
Chromeless is a pre-alpha prototype at the moment (grab the code here), but the team has grand plans to make browser UI design as ‘easy as designing a Web page’. It’s an interesting concept that, like all forms of crowdsourcing, might turn up some fantastic new designs.
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