A project manager at Microsoft is now drawing the spotlight from an unusual and somewhat out of place publication on Twitter. Kenneth Auchenberg did not hesitate to try to give advice, but also to teach Mozilla the lesson on how to upgrade its Internet browser.
Thought: It's time for @mozilla to get down from their philosophical ivory tower. The web is dominated by Chromium, if they really * cared * about the web they would be contributing instead of building a parallel universe that's used by less than 5%? Https: //t.co/0zi2NCtzb4
– Kenneth Auchenberg (@auchenberg) January 25, 2019
According to him it would simply be "time for Mozilla to descend from its philosophical ivory tower. The web is currently dominated by Chromium. If they really care about the Web, they should contribute to it rather than building a parallel universe used by less than 5% of users ".
A call to switch to the Chromium engine like Microsoft did for Edge recently. The Microsoft executive immediately delayed his remarks by stating that he did not want Mozilla to close. Then there was talk of setting an example and teaching a lesson (or trying to justify your choices to hide an incompetence some say): "As the complexity increases, you get to a point where you have to build on existing layers to meet basic expectations and stay competitive. This is where we are with the web. Trying the impossible by insisting on your own implementation is suicide. "
We won't go as far as looking for the latest market share reports to find out if Edge can afford to criticize "less than 5% of Firefox" … In fact, if: according to Net Application, Firefox still occupied 9 , 9% market share last summer, against barely 4.3% for Edge.
For Mozilla, the question is not to contribute or not to build the Web, but to continue to offer an independent platform for the Internet. For Mozilla "the health of the Internet and online life depends above all on competition and the choice offered to the user".
The intervention of the Microsoft executive has not gone unanswered and many developers have allowed themselves to put it in its place, including Asa Dotzler of Mozilla who made this rather scathing remark: "It is not because your employer has given up his people and his own technology that others should follow. ". Others have pointed out that conflicts of interest could quickly tip the tip of their noses between Google and Microsoft, each with different and sometimes even contradictory objectives …