Mozilla offers Build Your Own Browser

June 10, 2009 | 10:11

Tags: #corporate #enterprise #firefox #internet-explorer #web-browser

Companies: #mozilla #mozilla-foundation

Any enterprise users who are fans of Firefox but would like a bit of corporate branding will be pleased to hear of Mozilla's latest wheeze: the Build Your Own Browser project.

As reported by MacWorld, the BYOB project aims to allow enterprise clients the chance to customise a build of Firefox for deployment across their corporation.

The project – due for launch after Firefox 3.5 goes live at the end of June – uses a web application to allow users to specify their chosen customisations: corporate branding via a skinning system called “Personas,” pre-defined bookmarks, and certain security and network settings. Once created, the application is bundled into a neat little installation file for deployment across the corporate network.

This corporate customisation functionality finally brings Firefox into line with the traditional browser of big business, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which has had provisioning software for creating custom corporate installers for quite some time. With the ability to offer such customisation, a major hurdle in the path to corporate adoption is cleared.

The company is clearly hoping that, having proven extremely popular with home users, the creation of a simple way for corporations to define exactly what they require from a browser will enable them to make an impact on a particularly large section of the browser market – and one which is almost exclusively sewn up by Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

Do you believe that corporate branding is what has been keeping Firefox out of big business, or does Mozilla have more serious work to do in order to break into that market sector? Share your thoughts over in the forums.
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