Mozilla Foundation: Launching Firefox 1.0 (A)

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Siobhan O'Mahony, Nikhil Raj
Harvard Business School ()

It examines the decisions made by the Mozilla Foundation in the run-up to the Firefox 1.0 release, including the default browser, corporate partnership management, product development management, and the shift to a revenue-based model. Mitchell Baker, president of the Mozilla Foundation, faces a crucial question in the next few hours when Firefox 1.0 is released. Firefox, the reincarnation of the Netscape Mozilla browser, had been tremendously successful years earlier despite the fact that Mozilla lost the browser wars in Internet Explorer. After AOL acquired Netscape, the Mozilla team was unsure of their future, but they recently gained independence with a new independent non-profit foundation. Which partners should Firefox include as the default search partner? Should this relationship be commercial?

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