Mozilla shuts down Firefox Notes and Firefox Send
Mozilla recently laid off 250 employees and announced a restructuring of its business. The idea behind the move, as the company explained, was to adapt its finances in a post-COVID-19 world and focus on commercially viable products. Mozilla’s work on open standards and protocols has also taken a back seat and the company is prioritizing commercialization efforts in the short term. As a result of the restructuring, Mozilla has now announced that it’s shutting down Firefox Send and Firefox Notes.
In a recent post on its website, the company revealed that both Firefox Send and Firefox Notes “are being decommissioned and will no longer be a part of our product family.” For the unaware, Firefox Notes was launched back in 2018 as a simple alternative to Google Keep and Evernote for Firefox users. The service has been available to Firefox users on desktop and Android since its launch, but the Android Notes app and syncing service will be shut down in November this year. The Firefox Notes desktop browser extension, however, will remain available for existing installs and the company will add an option to help users export all notes.
On the other hand, Firefox Send was a free self-destructing file sharing service that was launched last year. But earlier this year, Mozilla learned that the service was a hotbed for malware distribution and it was temporarily suspended. Now, the company has decided against relaunching the service and since it’s already offline, no major changes in status are expected. Mozilla further added that the company’s decision to discontinue these services will “allow us to sharpen our focus on experiences like Mozilla VPN, Firefox Monitor, and Firefox Private Network.”