Unlike most of ZDNet’s click bait writers, Ed Bott thinks about what is going on in the tech world, why it’s happening, and provides insight to the future.
With Microsoft’s decision to switch to Chromium for its Edge browser, Mozilla’s Firefox remains the only major browser developer that still maintains its own alternative engine. In a world dominated by Google, can Firefox remain competitive?
That’s not quite true. Apple, via WebKit and Safari, has a far larger browser user base than Mozilla’s Firefox. Most of Mozilla’s revenue comes from Google.
The brutal nature of competition in the modern technology landscape suggests that Mozilla’s mission of providing an alternative to the Google monoculture is admirable and probably doomed to failure. The big question is whether Google will continue to pay royalties to keep Mozilla afloat after 2020. That might happen, just as insurance against potential antitrust action.
There are only three major browser platforms left. Google’s Chromium. Apple’s WebKit. Mozilla’s Firefox.