December 16th, 2013
What an amazing year for the Web. In 2013, we celebrated 15 years of Mozilla and 15 Years of a Better Web, which we’ve been instrumental in innovating and shaping to keep open and accessible to all. We wanted to share with you some of our favorite Mozilla 2013 highlights.
In 2013 we launched Firefox OS , the first open Web devices based entirely in Web technologies. We launched 3 devices in 14 markets with 4 operator partners. We are proud to have Firefox OS devices with hardware partners ZTE, Alcatel and LG and operator partners Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Telenor and Telecom Italia Mobile.
Firefox for Android is screaming fast. User reviews have skyrocketed to a consistent average of 4.5 stars and it has been downloaded more than 50 million times. In 2013, we announced that Firefox for Android is pre-installed on the Kobo Arc Tablet and Gigabyte GSmart smartphones.
We don’t just build products that make a better Web. Mozilla is an organization that is fundamentally about people, and we want everyone globally to make the Firefox experience their own. Our user support team has been hard at work over the past year listening and talking to users about their experiences with all of our products. More than 150 million users received the help they needed with Firefox from our support team.
Mozilla is dedicated to offering users privacy and transparency and we are honored to be an organization that users trust. This year, Mozilla was named the Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy by the Ponemon institute. We launched Lightbeam in October as a tool for users to visualize tracking on the Web and its been downloaded nearly 1 million times since launch. In response to the issue of NSA spying, we launched, StopWatching.Us — that called on citizens from around the world to demand a full accounting of the extent to which our online data, communications and interactions are being monitored. More than 588,351 people signed the petition on StopWatching.Us.
We held the third Mozilla summit which brought 2,800 Mozillians, from 90 countries and 114 languages together in three locations to work together for three days of connection, reflection, and action. Our Mozilla Reps program is strong with more than 370 official Mozilla Reps spreading Mozilla and Firefox in their communities. We formalized our Firefox Student Ambassadors program and have more than 8,000 Student Ambassadors. And our core community of Mozillians spans more than 109 countries across the globe.
Webmaker.org is a vibrant hub of creative activity that attracts thousands of people every day to teach and learn Web skills. Our free, open source tools Thimble, Popcorn Maker and X-Ray Goggles have evolved to meet the needs of a growing community that cares deeply about teaching the Web. We have a global community helping us improve our tools and build a curriculum. And we just wrapped up a hugely successful global Maker Party, with more than 1,600 Maker Parties in 55 countries and 330 cities across the globe.
This is only a small sample of some of the accomplishments we are most proud of. We look forward to making 2014 an even better year for the Web.