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Why did Google do it?
But maybe there’s more to the story.
ReadWriteWeb picked up on Kasting’s post, which claims that in “funding” Mozilla, Google is “funding a partner,” and not a competitor.
Kasting adds that “the primary goal of Chrome is to make the web advance as much and as quickly as possible.”
“It’s completely irrelevant to this goal whether Chrome actually gains tons of users or whether instead the web advances because the other browser vendors step up their game and produce far better browsers. Either way the web gets better. Job done.”
Do you buy it?
Kasting goes on to say that “Firefox is an important product because it can be a different product with different design decisions and serve different users well.”
Ultimately, it seems that the success of Firefox is really about ad dollars and driving users to Google, regardless of the “let’s be friends” layer on top of the transaction.
“Google succeeds (and makes money) when the web succeeds,” Kasting said. “Chrome doesn’t need to be a Microsoft Office, a direct money-maker.”