Firefox extensions: A strategy born of compromise

Mozilla looks uber-smart for coming up with an easy way for developers to extend its open-source Firefox browser, but this wasn't its original intent, as this interview with Asa Dotzler suggests.

Firefox has surpassed 22 percent global market share, its popularity driven in large part by the thousands of extensions and add-ons that personalize the Firefox experience for diverse users.

Intriguingly, however, Firefox's extensions strategy didn't start out as a strategy at all. It was a compromise to keep the project's developer base together, as Mozilla's Asa Dotzler explains in this interview I conducted with colleague John Newton earlier this week.

The History of Firefox Extensions - An Interview with Asa Dotzler from Matt Asay on Vimeo.

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