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It's time to root for underdog browser Firefox -- againCNET's Stephen Shankland spent months examining Mozilla's attempt to remake Firefox into a real rival to Google's Chrome. His conclusion: It's not going to be easy.
I'm Stephen Shankland and I've reported on browser and web technology for a decade. For the last four months, I've been working on a story about Firefox and the future of the organization that makes it, Mozilla. Firefox was once the browser we loved to root for. The underdog that helped unleash a torrent of online innovation, like, Google Maps and Facebook. But now, Firefox has slipped into the shadow of Google Chrome, which has hundreds of millions more users. [MUSIC] I spoke to every top executive and engineer about Mozilla's plan to reclaim it's glory. There's lots going on but the big event they're pinning their hopes on is the launch Firefox 57 in November. It's the culmination of more than a year of work to make the browser faster, more secure, and more useful. If Firefox 57 succeeds it'll help Mozilla's mission to make the web a better place. Not just Google private playground. I've been using test versions of Firefox and watching them improve this year, and I'm impressed! There's no way Mozilla can dethrone Chrome and I do think, it can win back enough of us to make Firefox an important part of the web again. Check out my story, Firefox fights back. And then look at one really important Mozilla project. The programming language called Rust. I also have an upcoming Q&A with Mozilla CEO, Chris Beard. [MUSIC]