Mozilla started and soon became one of the most appreciated browsers on the internet. However, at the start of the age of the smartphone, the company saw the opportunity to expand beyond its initial market by developing the Firefox OS. However, this did not bode well for the company.
Mozilla has recently announced that it has finally given up on developing the mobile and Internet of Things operating system, Firefox OS. However, the team behind the Connected Devices initiative has suffered a hit, as the company was forced to lay off around 50 people as it shifted away from that endeavor.
Mozilla confirmed the layoffs with several media sources but did not comment on the exact number of developers affected by the decision. This does not bode well for the future of the organization as its focus on developing Firefox OS, distracted it from meaningfully supporting the Firefox browser. This has led to a significant decline in its user base and allowed Google Chrome and other browsers to gain immense popularity.
The development of Firefox OS, a mobile operating system meant for low-end handsets in developing markets, was a way for the company to expand and stay relevant in an increasingly diverse tech ecosystem. The company’s Connected Devices initiative was part of the endeavor to influence the design and features of the devices part of the Internet of Things.
A spokesperson for the company has revealed that Mozilla is still committed to the IoT space, but has shifted focus from commercial products to just emerging technologies. This allows Mozilla to focus on the research and development of various new technologies specific to the IoT. The statement also revealed that the company is also increasing its investment in various fields like AR and VR.
In other Mozilla-related news, the company has announced that the latest version of the Firefox browsers will require the Rust language in order to be compiled successfully. This means that the number of platforms able to port the browser has been significantly restricted. This is due to the presence of components within the browsers which were built with the Rust language.
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