Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Layoffs at Mozilla

Mitchell Baker, Mozilla CEO:

Today we announced a significant restructuring of Mozilla Corporation. This will strengthen our ability to build and invest in products and services that will give people alternatives to conventional Big Tech. Sadly, the changes also include a significant reduction in our workforce by approximately 250 people. These are individuals of exceptional professional and personal caliber who have made outstanding contributions to who we are today. To each of them, I extend my heartfelt thanks and deepest regrets that we have come to this point. This is a humbling recognition of the realities we face, and what is needed to overcome them.

Microsoft’s Kat Marchán:

So to summarize what we know so far, the following teams at Mozilla have been either eliminated or gutted to oblivion:

* Firefox devtools

* Firefox incident/threat management team (?!)

* Servo

* MDN

* WebXR/Firefox Reality

* DevRel/Community (???)

I guess they’re giving up?

Julia Evans:

[So] upset to hear about Mozilla’s MDN team being cut, it’s my go to reference for basically everything about the web.

It has been a long time since I was a Firefox user, but I cannot imagine building stuff for the web without MDN. I feel terrible for the hundreds of people laid off, for the impact their absence will have, and for the general downfall of Mozilla as Google has become a de facto web authority.