No wonder Mozilla has many rivals which are competing with each other every day. For giving them tough competition, Mozilla is about to take another step in its bid to sharpen its focus on its Firefox browser and continue with its fight back to gain more market share. Mozilla wants to hive off support for Thunderbird which was stopped in 2012 and now needs reopening for its own benefit.
Mozilla’s chairperson Mitchell Baker said, ‘I believe it would thrive best by separating itself from reliance on Mozilla development systems and in some cases, Mozilla technology. The current setting isn’t stable, and we should start actively looking into how the transition can happen in an orderly way to a future where Thunderbird and Firefox are un-coupled.’
But what Mozilla itself is not clear is that whether it will try to spin off Thunderbird as its own open-source entity or it will seek a business partner to take over the product. But what is clear is that it has been trying to streamline how it runs things and the focus of its engineers as part of a bigger campaign to rejuvenate Firefox. It now views any support for Thunderbird on top of the work those engineers spend building Firefox.
‘Engineers working on Thunderbird must focus on keeping up and adapting Firefox’s web-driven changes.’ – Baker
It has become a somewhat anachronistic product even after Mozilla has cut off most of its development support in 2012. But in the following years, its popularity waned as many switched to mobile apps and web-based clients. For Mozilla itself focus has largely switched to developing its core browser for more platforms, and generally making Firefox more of a business, integrating with Yahoo and Google to generate revenues around search ads.