Mozilla, in search of a new life, lays off 70 people

It is a symbol. The day Microsoft formalized the new version of the Edge based on Chromium, Mozilla, separates a portion of its employees. In an internal note published by TechCrunch, Mitchell Baker, CEO by interim, announces 70 redundancies within the Mozilla Corporation, which employs approximately 1,100 people. Additional posts may be deleted also in the United Kingdom and France.

Mitchell Baker, co-founder and CEO ad interim of Mozilla. Image Justin Dolske (CC BY-SA).

The emblematic figure of the organization, justified this cart by a diversification of the income which is struggling to take off. Mozilla is the expected additional revenue coming from subscriptions to new products and sources other than the partnerships with search engines, aim ” it didn’t happen “, says Mitchell Baker.

“Our plan 2019 has under-estimated the time it took to create and launch new products-paid “, she says. Mozilla has launched last year stis password manager Firefox Lockwise, but it is still completely free. As to its VPN, Firefox Private Network, charged $4.99/month in its full version, it is still only in closed beta in the United States.

After a experimenting around 2015 , which was cut short, the publisher has put back on the table by 2018 the idea to introduce advertising into Firefox. It takes the form of sponsored content (that it is possible to hide) presented on the new tabs page, but this initiative seems not deployed widely at the present time.

By 2018, the revenues of Mozilla – related partnerships with search engines, which accounted for 95 % of its sales, fell to $ 100 million — a fall related to a contract with Yahoo that ended more quickly than expected. This year, for the first time spending (451 million dollars) have been higher than revenues ($450 million). ” We can and must work within the limits of our financial resources are key “, says Mitchell Baker in a blog post published yesterday.

The diversification of sources of income after which Mozilla shorts for years becomes more vital ; the revenue from partnerships with search engines are likely to continue to fall as affluence (and influence) of Firefox is reduced on the web.

Mozilla is always looking for a new CEO was able to straighten the bar. The objective was to find someone before 2020. ” It didn’t happen “, could also declare Mitchell Baker about it.

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