Mozilla’s CEO, Chris Beard, has announced the launch of a premium version of Firefox. In an interview with t3n, he said that the paid version of Firefox will be released this fall.
So how will the premium version be different from the free one? Currently, the information is not disclosed, but perhaps it will offer VPN and cloud storage.
The head of Mozilla made it clear that anyone who is currently using Firefox does not need to worry about unexpected charging. All the functions currently available will still be freely available.
Dave Camp, senior vice president of Firefox, told TheNextWeb more about the premium version of Firefox:
“We were founded on the belief that the internet should be open and accessible to all. A high-performing, free and private-by-default Firefox browser will continue to be central to our core service offerings. We also recognize that there are consumers who want access to premium offerings, and we can serve those users too without compromising the development and reach of the existing products and services that Firefox users know and love.”
This is the idea that Mozilla management has been living with for years. In 2018, the company, in partnership with ProtonVPN, offered Firefox users in the United States a $10 subscription per month. At the time, Mozilla positioned this move as a study of new additional sources of income.
It should be noted that at the moment 90% of Mozilla’s revenue comes from partnerships with search engine providers, such as Google Chrome.
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