Mozilla: We don't hate enterprise users!

Given suggestions that Mozilla doesn't care about enterprise users when it comes to Firefox, the company has set up an 'Enterprise User Working Group' to help get Firefox onto business machines.

Given suggestions that Mozilla doesn't care about enterprise users when it comes to Firefox, the company has set up an 'Enterprise User Working Group' to help get Firefox onto business machines.

This seems like a pretty swift about-turn from Mozilla, as only a few weeks ago Asa Dotzler, community coordinator for Firefox marketing, had this to say:

Enterprise has never been (and I'll argue, shouldn't be) a focus of ours. Until we run out of people who don't have sysadmins and enterprise deployment teams looking out for them, I can't imagine why we'd focus at all on the kinds of environments you care so much about.

The announcement of the formation of the new working group was made on The Mozilla Blog:

Recently there’s been a lot of discussion about enterprises and rapid releases. Online life is evolving faster than ever and it’s imperative that Mozilla deliver improvements to the Web and to Firefox more quickly to reflect this. This has created challenges for IT departments that have to deliver lots of mission-critical applications through Firefox. Mozilla is fundamentally about people and we care about our users wherever they are. To this end, we are re-establishing a Mozilla Enterprise User Working Group as a place for enterprise developers, IT staff and Firefox developers to discuss the challenges, ideas and best practices for deploying Firefox in the enterprise. It will be a place to ask questions and get information about Mozilla plans.

What I find interesting is that Mozilla says that the discussions will 'preserve the privacy of the participants' to allow those involved to be as open as possible. Don't worry about the privacy though; summaries of the discussions will be made public.

More information for those interested in taking part can be found here.

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