What's Next for Firefox? Online Services, Of Course!

Mozilla Labs VP & General Manager Chris Beard on his blog today hints at what could be coming next from Firefox:

It seems that as the Web continues to evolve and as more of our lives moves online, we could do more to broker even richer online experiences. We’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. And, in particular, how the blending of the desktop and the Web — through deeper integration of the browser with online services — could further enhance the user experience, increase user control over personal information, and provide new opportunities for developers to build innovative online experiences.

Mozilla is contemplating offering syncing services, which would allow profile data to be synced between various computers; third parties eventually will be given some kind of access to this information as well. Typically such syncing services would be the preserve of Google, Yahoo or Microsoft. Among the services Beard mentions are:  

  • provide a basic set of optional Mozilla-hosted online services
  • ensure that it is easy for people to set up their own services with freely available open standards-based tools
  • provide users with the ability to fully control and customize their online experience, including whether and how their data should be shared with their family, their friends, and third-parties
  • respect individual privacy (e.g. client-side encryption by default with the ability to delegate access rights)
  • leverage existing open standards and propose new ones as needed
  • build a extensible architecture like Firefox


With personal data and information privacy getting a lot of attention, Firefox has an opportunity here, mostly because they are a trusted party.

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