mardi 7 février 2012

En vrac au retour du FOSDEM

mercredi 5 octobre 2011

More details on the upcoming MozCamp Europe in Berlin

Do you remember my call to save the date back mid-August? So now William is calling for papers for the MozCamp EU and gives us more details.

  • Dates: no changes. Still scheduled for November 12th and 13th, 2011.
  • Overarching theme: "Many Voices, One Mozilla"
  • The MozCamp will take place at Kalkscheune, in Berlin
  • More details can be found on the EU MozCamp 2011 Wiki page, including:
  • There will be 3 tracks during this event:
    • Product & Technology Track
    • Skills Development and Community Growth Track
    • Engagement/Regionalization Track
  • The Format for talks has also evolved.

If you are an engaged Mozillian, I hope you're considering attending! William will be sending the invitations this week. I'm really looking forward this event. Like I wrote earlier, Mozilla is changing. The MozCamp in Berlin will be an important moment for us as a community to discuss how we're approaching this, and what will be our respective role in the future. I hope to see you there!

jeudi 6 janvier 2011

Firefox leading in Europe

Top 5 browsers in Europe, according to StatCounter

A recent report by StatCounter says that Firefox is now the leading browser in Europe. As always, market numbers are to be taken with a grain of salt, but it's hard to imagine a better way to start 2011, considering how small Mozilla is compared to its main competitors (Microsoft, Google and Apple). This is the result of the commitment of the Mozilla community and teams over the past decade. Very frankly, if someone told me that a non-profit organization would beat Microsoft at its own game just 5 or 6 years ago, I would have told him to quit smoking funny cigarettes ;-).

It's time to rejoice and have a drink, (after all, the Paris office is in France, so we're always ready to party and have a drink!), but let's not forget a couple of things[1]...

  1. We're now in a market that is more competitive than ever, where 3 players are likely to dominate the others (Firefox being one of them):
    1. Chrome is gaining market share and shipping new versions very quickly, along with a very aggressive marketing campaign
    2. Microsoft is back at work and IE9 is a very serious competitor, especially as it's bundled with Windows (as always).
  2. Mobile is the new frontier, and Mozilla has a card to play here, especially on Android.

In order to succeed on the desktop and the mobile spaces, there is a very simple thing to do: ship a killer version of Firefox 4 soon!

So let's enjoy the fact that we're succeeding more in Europe than we hoped for initially, but let's quickly return back to work and invest all of our energy in making an amazing Firefox 4 both on the desktop and on mobile. This is key for our future!

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[1] And I'm not even mentioning the fact that there are various sources of market share data, and not all of them give the same results.

vendredi 1 février 2008

Firefox market share in Europe

XitiMonitor.com has recently published an English version of their latest browser market share study, which credits Firefox with 28% of the European market

Firefox market share in Europe, January 2008

Firefox market share in Europe, January 2008, according to XitiMonitor

One must try to see further than just the average number of 28%. While being quite high (certainly higher than what I hoped back when Firefox 1.0 was launched 3 years ago!), it hides the complexity of Europe, which gives very different numbers from The Netherlands (14.7%) to Finland (45.4%). Rupert Goodwins, over at his ZDNet.uk blog, writes Europe: endless speculation about Firefox . I am myself speculating quite a bit on this (after all, I want Firefox and Thunderbird to succeed in all countries in Europe), and I have a few thoughts, as I spend quite a bit of my time traveling from country to country, visiting communities working on Firefox in Europe. In the future, I hope to be able to document how Mozilla-related local communities work, so that other people interested in this can think about all the reasons for this diversity. Stay tuned!

Anyway, the Xiti report has generated quite a bit of press coverage! See below:

mardi 17 juillet 2007

Firefox market share update

XitiMonitor has published a couple of days ago a new report about Firefox' market share in Europe, approaching 28%. Like I told ZDNet UK, "It's a nice way to get started on a Monday morning!"

Firefox market share in Europe, July 2007. Source: XitiMonitor.com

Firefox market share in Europe, July 2007. Source: XitiMonitor.com

One could argue over statistics for ever. I have met with the Xiti team a few months ago to get a better understanding of what they measure. Basically, they have what they call markers (actually small images) on literally millions of Websites, mostly in Western Europe. This means they get billions of hits every month, and then analyse which browser engine were used to display these images. There are a few caveats, as always, in such measurements:

  • What they call Firefox is actually gecko-enabled browsers (mostly Firefox, but also Seamonkey, Epiphany and K-meleon);
  • They measure hits, not visitors. There is a difference, in the sense that Firefox users are generally more advanced than IE users (they know what a browser is, and how to download and install software). Also, I understand that Firefox users are generally more likely to spend time online and visit more Websites.

To sum things up, XitiMonitor tracks "Gecko usage" more than "Firefox users". Both are correlated, but not identical. And both indicators are consistently going upwards (Thanks Percy for the graphs!) In some countries such as Slovenia, Firefox has passed Internet Explorer. Gerv even wants to launch a 'Hug a Slovenian' campaign :-)

Firefox market share consistently going upward in Europe

Firefox market share consistently going upward in Europe

Just four years ago this week, AOL/Netscape/Time-Warner had decided to let go the Mozilla project, and the Mozilla Foundation was created. All of the employees paid to work on Mozilla were let go or reassigned to other tasks. Some of us decided not to give up, because the world needed a better, safer and more secure browser. While all of us hoped to make a difference, I'm not sure that many of us dreamt of seeing Firefox so successful on the market. Thank you to all of the contributors to the Mozilla project, who help build, test, promote and support a wonderful piece of software in close to 50 languages!