Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Jun 2011 18:15 UTC
Opera Software Jon S. von Tetzchner has been with Opera for a long time - in fact, he co-founded the browser maker back in 1995, and led the company to great success; the desktop version may play a niche role, the various mobile versions surely do not. Today though, he has announced he will be leaving the company due to differences with the board and management.
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RE[2]: Comment by RichterKuato
by RichterKuato on Sun 26th Jun 2011 12:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by RichterKuato"
RichterKuato
Member since:
2010-05-14

Hmmm, I guess that make sense. Except, I don't really remember Google ever promoting Firefox.

I'm pretty sure Firefox's success has more to do with the combination of a few things: the projects initial focus on making a browser for "mom and pop", it's popup-blocking feature, being a free application, it's warm non-corporate feel, it's viral marketing campaigns and people being fed up with Internet Explorer.

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PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

Hmmm, I guess that make sense. Except, I don't really remember Google ever promoting Firefox.

They did. They paid webmaster up to $1 for every Firefox installation they could generate from their site, remember? Google never did that even with Chrome, AFAIK.

I'm pretty sure Firefox's success has more to do with the combination of a few things: the projects initial focus on making a browser for "mom and pop", it's popup-blocking feature, being a free application, it's warm non-corporate feel, it's viral marketing campaigns and people being fed up with Internet Explorer.

So why did Firefox's growth stop when Google stopped promoting it?

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RichterKuato Member since:
2010-05-14

Well, I'm sure that helped them a lot. Plus you're right about it's growth ending after Google stopped promoting it (in August 2008). But by the time Google started the Firefox referral program (in October 2005) it had already long past Opera in market share and by a significant margin too.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I'm pretty sure Firefox's success has more to do with the combination of a few things: the projects initial focus on making a browser for "mom and pop", it's popup-blocking feature, being a free application, it's warm non-corporate feel, it's viral marketing campaigns and people being fed up with Internet Explorer.

Why "initial" focus ? Don't you think that Firefox continues to have a focus on clean UIs and usability ?

I mean, if there's one browser which I find clean and dead easy to use and configure, it's really Firefox (Safari being more or less on an equal footing, which is normal considering that they have heavily taken inspiration from the FF UI)

Edited 2011-06-26 14:08 UTC

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RichterKuato Member since:
2010-05-14

Are you saying you fall into the "mom and pop" category? I seriously doubt that, at least in the spirit by which the developers were thinking of.

No, I doubt Firefox is developed thinking about these users anymore. At least that's the impression I get from the developers and other people in Mozilla. Their main focus is more on things like promoting the "Open Web" and competing with Chrome and Webkit now.

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