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11 October 2011, 11:13

Mozilla's revenue, and expenses, rise in 2010

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A still from Mozilla's "A different kind of browser" which opens the report
Source: Mozilla
Mozilla's State of Mozilla report and Financial StatementPDF for 2010 show the non-profit foundation's revenue, including its "for-profit" subsidiaries, rose to $123 million, up 18% from 2009's $104 million, while expenses grew from $61 million to $87 million.

The annual report says that the Foundation is facing a new set of challenges now, as competition has returned to the desktop browser market. It is responding with faster release cycles, moving Android to a "first tier platform" alongside the desktop platforms, pioneering "Do Not Track" features in code, and lobbying and maintaining its values of openness, transparency and interoperability.

The bulk of the the Mozilla Foundation's revenue came from the royalties from search partners, most notably Google, with the rest made up by donations and grants. The Google contract is up for review in November, but Mozilla is confident that "search partnerships will remain a solid generator of revenue" for the foreseeable future. The foundation's investments also rose in value from $91 million in 2009 to $105 million in 2010.


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