Yesterday, we also had a chance to interview Mozilla’s chairperson Mitchell Baker at LeWeb in Paris. During this discussion, we talked about Mozilla’s plans for the coming year, which involve a renewed focus on speed, app stores for the Web and open audio and video in the browser. We also touched upon Mozilla’s vision for giving users the ability to control their online identity in the browser. Baker was also interviewed by Robert Scoble on stage at LeWeb today.
2011: The Year for Open Audio and Video on the Web?
Mozilla’s Vision: Control Your Online Identity on the Web
One area Mozilla has focused on recently is online identity. According to Baker, we are “at risk to be locked in with regards to identity. No matter how great Facebook is, I don’t want it to own me.” In Mozilla’s vision, users should be able to control how they identify themselves to the Web. In our interview, though, she also noted that Mozilla doesn’t want to replace existing solutions. As we put more and more personal information on the Web, however, Mozilla believes that we should be able to own and control this data. For now, though, this remains an interesting vision but Mozilla has not shipped any actual product that put this idea into practice yet.
Mozilla Chairperson Mitchell Baker:
” The browser is history. We don’t browse the Internet anymore – we interact with the Internet through apps and social networks.”
App Stores for the Web
Of course, we also talked about app stores for the Web. In her on-stage interview at LeWeb today, Baker pointed out that the key problem that needs to be solved here is discoverability for apps. While Mozilla may run its own app store in the future, the organization is is more interested in creating specs for creating open stores that are compatible with each other. Web apps, Baker told us, should be compatible with the whole Web, no matter which browser vendor you choose. This focus on stores – which, as Baker told us, has become possible because Apple did such a great job at popularizing the concept – fits in well with her generally vision of the browser. According to her, the “browser is history. We don’t browse the Internet anymore – we interact with the Internet through apps and social networks.”
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