According to the statement the General Director of Opera in a recent interview with German magazine t3n, the company plans to follow in the footsteps of Google and its Chrome browser and make some advanced features of Firefox are only available through a paid subscription. As paid add-ons were mentioned VPN, cloud storage, and several unnamed features.
More detailed information about those unnamed functions are not yet disclosed, since changes are not scheduled for release until October. Chris bird, Director of Mozilla, explained that provide users with cloud storage will be protected and all additional features will be available in the freemium model, and that is they can use it, but only in a limited form, but for full version you have to pay.
This includes VPN, which will probably be free for a certain amount of data transferred, and after reaching the set limit can be activated again only by subscription. Also the browser will be able to determine when the user may need to use a VPN (being in a public Wi-Fi network or interaction with online banking) and the presence of a paid subscription to turn on and off at the right time automatically.
What does this have to Google Chrome?
Transition Opera on a paid model can be threat for the company as it is to provoke people to abandon the use of her barrier. However, the types of data that Mozilla will be used to provide VPN, very similar to what Google Chrome offers its users, and this, in turn, should come to the users liking, as it will help to ensure confidentiality is viewed through the browser information.
Chris beard said that Mozilla has no plans to translate any of the current features of Firefox on new premium model, which includes an ad-blocker. But the main similarity with Chrome here is the overarching goal of protecting user data from outside intrusion.
In the end, do not forget that the Mozilla implementation in your browser, paying models is just another source of income. And it is the desire of the company to make something clear, as currently, more than 90 percent of its income has to deal with search engines such as Google and Yandex. The rest comes from sponsored content associated with existing browser features, such as Pocket. If Mozilla all succeed, then a paid subscription will become the third source of reliable income. Chris Byrd also sees this as a way to “build deeper relationships with customers beyond the search business.”
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