Microsoft Supports Firefox

Microsoft provided Firefox ScreenshotThe Associated Press just plain rocks. The image from Yahoo (link will brake over time as usual) has this great text under it:

This photo provided by Microsoft shows Their search tool and the preference rankings that can be defined by the user. (AP Photo/HO/Microsoft)

[Source: Yahoo! @ 11/192004 5:20PM EST]

Just wonderful to see that Firefox has spread as far as Microsoft. Even Microsoft uses Firefox a bit.

The next step is mainstream

cc: marketing-public

Mozilla has been getting a TON of press lately. From Slashdot, to CERT, eWeek, CNET you name it. Mozilla Firefox 0.9 has generated some serious buzz. The recent wave of IE flaws has also generated some buzz. CERT recommending alternative browsers has created some buzz. That’s great, but it’s not enough.

The following is just a list of the recent articles on Mozilla. Take a quick look at some of them, and who is writing them:

And some other news sources to cover Mozilla:

eWeek
InfoWorld, CA
ComputerWorld
InternetNews.com
eWeek
ZDNet.com
Forbes
InfoWorld, CA
The Register
InternetNews.com
The Inquirer, UK
International Herald Tribune, France
Wired News
Indianapolis Star, IN
USA Today – 17 hours ago
Straits Times, Singapore
EE Times Online
Detroit Free Press, MI
Salt Lake Tribune, UT
Times of India, India
News24, South Africa
Newsday, NY
The Age, Australia
Information Week
CBS MarketWatch
Slate
ZDNet.com
ComputerWorld
The Inquirer, UK
The Register, UK

Source for the above is Google News, using the query “Mozilla

Now, what did we see? My analysis is that the same target is being bombarded with Mozilla news. The tech crowd. The problem is this is a tiny percentage of the web community. And most of them are aware of Mozilla. Many have switched. Quite a few of these sites are big Linux news sites. They aren’t using IE to begin with!

The “next step” is to hit more mainstream media. Mozilla needs to hit the general users. We’ve got a good presence with the tech community. But to move forward, the target needs to be end users. Grandma, Dad, the guy down the street. We’ve got the tech community, but the IE users are in large part the general community.

The discussion right now, as Firefox 1.0 approaches is how to get that target audience. A few idea’s I’ve heard are:

  • grass roots campaign (blogs, etc)
  • some sort of affiliate program (perhaps win a prize if you bring in the most referrers to download Firefox)
  • partner with OEM’s and get Firefox pre-installed on computers (companies like IBM, HP/Compaq, etc.)
  • get corporate users. Get companies using it, so employees can take it for a spin, and get it at home if they like it

So my question to the general community is how do we address this issue?

Update: We should also have a mailing list that can only be posted by a mozilla staffer. Used for releases to keep people informed. As soon as a new release comes out, an email is sent to those interested.