Mozilla, the company that produces and provides the award-winning Firefox web browser and Thunderbird e-mail software, is establishing an R&D office in Copenhagen, which will be headed by Christian Sejersen, previously the technology director of Openwave Systems in San Francisco, California, and Brad Lassey of France Telecom.
The new division will develop a version of Firefox for mobile units, initially aimed at mobile versions of Linux and Windows operating systems. Mike Schroepfer, director of Mozilla, writes on his blog that he reckons handheld mobile units in just a few years will be so powerful that they can run current desktop browsers:
"The demand for a complete browser experience on mobile units is crystal clear. If you were previously in doubt, you shouldn't be after the iPhone was launched," Schroepfer writes.
Firefox mobile will not be launched before Firefox 3.0 for desktops, and at the earliest during 2008. The news was reported by Computerworld.
Mozilla is a software development tools provider, an open source community of developers and testers and a partner for the technology industry. The firm also provides educational materials about internet technologies and software development. Mozilla is based in Mountain View, California, USA.