jeudi 6 décembre 2007

Firefox, Software of the Year 2007 by PC Pro in the UK

PCPro Software of the year 2007 award for Mozilla Firefox

PCPro Software of the year 2007 award for Mozilla Firefox (other pictures)

I am sure this means a lot to the Mozilla community at large. It does to me, at least! I'm hoping this will help us increase our market share in the UK, which is half of what is is on average in the rest of Europe.

Talking about the UK, I was in London yesterday, for the Online Information Conference, where I had to deliver a track keynote. I did the trick like I did in Berlin last time at Web 2.0 Conference. In London, "only" 60 to 70% of people in the room where using Firefox, which is still much better than the country average. One of the reasons is of course that if you attend such a conference, you're more likely to use a modern browser. But it's not the sole reason. Later during the day, one of the speakers asked the crowd is there were librarians in the room, and an unusual number of hands raised. I like to think that librarians understand better than most the need for common standards for information conservation, and the choice of tools to access this information, hence choosing massively Firefox.

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mercredi 10 janvier 2007

The Mozilla Organization is doing amazingly well in the European press

I was just given a link to two reports from Apollo research:

  1. the Apollo 500 (PDF, 126 KB) ranks the 500 companies that received most media coverage in December in the UK;
  2. The Apollo Europe survey (PDF, 138 KB) "shows the technology companies that received the most press coverage in twelve European countries".

And man, we can be proud of what the Mozilla project has been achieved!

Over all Europe, Mozilla is listed #18, along with Microsoft, Apple, Google, Nintendo, Yahoo, Sony, Adobe, Nokia, YouTube and Skype!

Here is a list of countries and respective rank for the Mozilla organization:

  • Austria: 26th
  • Belgium: 20th
  • Denmark: 13th
  • France: 9th
  • Germany: 22nd
  • Italy: 25th
  • The Netherlands: 16th
  • Norway: 23rd
  • Spain: 41st
  • Sweden: 14th
  • Switzerland: 10th
  • UK: 35th.

This is amazingly good results considering the small size of the team. If there is a conclusion to be drawn here, it's that nothing, including deep pockets, beats a great story, a great product, a great community of users and dedicated evangelists working together in the same direction.

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