While most web browsers, including Safari, Chrome, and Opera, provide a better experience for the user than Microsoft's Internet Explorer (and Microsoft's drop in market share proves it), all pale in comparison to the popularity of Mozilla Firefox, which dominates the market with a 23% chunk of the pie globally, and 48% of Europe's market. So why is Mozilla Firefox so successful compared to its many competitors? Firefox's Chairman Mitchel Baker claims it is because of its business model, in that it is run by a non-profit organization.
Firefox relies on its community, which motivates the community is to share and contribute to the project, as it benefits the whole community and public at large. The community is happy to contribute to an organization whose goal is not to get rich, but to improve everyone's experience online, much like the concept of the very successful Linux foundation. The Mozilla Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 2003, with the aim of keeping the Internet a public resource globally, ensuring that it is always open and freely accessible to everyone. Inline with their Mozilla Manifesto, the organization is constantly improving itself in order to provide an optimal open and healthy online experience.
There is also a Mozilla Corporation, of which the Mozilla Foundation is the sole shareholder. The Mozilla Corporation is involved in making Firefox and a host of source utilities. The Mozilla Corporation serves as an enterprise in its own right, and reinvests the funds that its products earn back into the organization. With a worldwide community of volunteers that includes tens of thousands of members who assist the organization in a number of ways, including coding and international advocacy campaigns, the successful foundation continues to flourish and grow.
As Mozilla continues to dominate the world stage in terms of browsers, it will continue to add more features and capabilities and go head to head with data giants such as Google's Chrome and Facebook, offering vendor compatibilities and additional media drivers and security measures through crowdsourced optimization of policies and capabilities that have put it on top.
While technically, the lines between Mozilla's non-profit Foundation and its for-profit Mozilla Corporation may be blurry and possibly non-existent, the manner in which Mozilla presents itself to the public has made a world of difference. Mozilla prides itself in the open source development community as being transparent, community-driven, and user friendly. By putting community first and money second, Forefox have fostered a sense of loyalty and inclusiveness which Microsoft and Google cannot lay claim to. Mozilla projects appeal widely to a global network of open source developers who can gather, collaborate, share, and improve the experience for every user in the community.
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