Mozilla, like a host who suddenly panics five minutes before its party is about to start that no one is going to arrive, has got a bit jumpy that the upcoming Microsoft Brower Ballot ruling will not bring it any new users.
This is primarily because a survey it commissioned by YouGov has found that 77 per cent of Brits don't even know the ballot screen is coming. The Firefox-maker needn't be so twitchy though - once the screen pops up offering them a choice of browsers, most users will probably work out for themselves what is being offered to them.
Nevertheless, in an open letter released today, Mozilla chair Mitchell Baker and chief exec John Lilly said they thought it was "strange that the majority of people in the world haven't ever considered the web browser on their computer or mobile phone".
"It is the lens through which we look at the virtual world, and the medium by which we connect, learn, share, and collaborate. The browser you choose is responsible for providing you with the necessary tools to manage your online life, and to protect your privacy and security," they wrote.
Indeed it is, and that's why it's important users consider the options the new browser ballot will offer them. They will want to know, for instance, that a vulnerability in an old version of Internet Explorer is regarded as being responsible for the hack on Google that emanated from China.
They may also want to know that a report last November suggested that Firefox was responsible for 44 per cent of all known browser bugs, more than any other browser, although admittedly without any factoring for the seriousness of the flaws detected.
Mozilla shouldn't worry too much though about Brits' lack of awareness over the upcoming browser ballot. After all, most probably don't even realise there will be a general election ballot this year either.
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