Mike Beltzner Leaves Mozilla, Bertrand Serlet Leaves Apple
Article by George Norman
On 28 Mar 2011
Here are a couple of news that go well together. The first one is that Firefox Director Mike Beltzner is no longer with Mozilla. Beltzner announced that once the final version of Firefox 4 is out, he will leave Mozilla. Beltzner explained he would join DownUnder GeoSolutions, a small startup that builds geological modeling software.

The final version of Firefox 4 has been released to the public and, as Mozilla announced, it was a big hit. More than 7 million downloads were recorded in the first 24 hours and more than 15 million downloads were recorded in the first 48 hours.

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“It’s not a choice I made lightly, I can assure you,” said Beltzner. “I’m incredibly eager to see how Mozilla continues to evolve, shifting its strategy to the new world in which the Web is not just alive and thriving, but evolving and transforming daily. Changing to delivering those Web upgrades by shipping smaller pieces more quickly, providing a new stable of Firefox-ish services – it’s clear that Mozilla’s future is filled with exciting new challenges and opportunities. Add to that the dear friendships I have with so many people in this community, and the simply incredible global work environment we’ve created together … you may assume that the decision took time, consideration, and involved more than a few tears.”

Here is the second one: Senior Vice President of Mac Software Engineering, Bertrand Serlet, announced he will leave Cupertino-based software developer Apple. Serlet has been with Apple since 1997 and during all this time he has been involved in the definition, development and creation of the Mac OS X.

Serlet’s responsibilities will bee transferred to Apple’s Vice President of Mac Software Engineering Craig Federighi, who has been managing the Mac OS software engineering group for the past two years. Serlet had this to say about Federighi:

“I’ve worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple, but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science. Craig has done a great job managing the Mac OS team for the past two years, Lion is a great release and the transition should be seamless.”



Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Firefox Director, Mike Beltzner, Apple, Bertrand Serlet, Senior Vice President of Mac Software Engineering
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