Sebastian Anthony of ExtremeTech.com explains in his article that Mozilla is cloud’s biggest enemy. He describes how Mozilla’s products and services, like Firefox Sync and Contacts, are trying to cut the load of tracking cookies, and hence ultimately working against the commercial cloud/web service providers.
I totally disagree with his article, as Mozilla has no such strategy. Mozilla simply has the goal to give users full right of their browsing experience. Now, it depends upon the users to decide and set their privacy parameters. Mozilla creates tools for the users which enable them to control their browsing and related data. All Mozilla products and services are developed in truly open environment, and anyone on this planet can customize these products to use them in his/her own way. And, this is why no browser vending company can ever replace Mozilla.
Another good thing about Mozilla is its support for open web and open standards. For a simple and current example, you can consider PDF.js. It is the project to build native PDF viewer for the Firefox using open standards like HTML5. Chrome already has built-in PDF reader, but it uses Foxit’s proprietary application and hence not included in Chromium. So, Chromium users have no choice for built-in PDF reader. It would be good to see if someone ports PDF.js to Chromium (i.e.; Chrome) in future.
Mozilla has a clear goal which is to support users, and not to oppose cloud services or anything else. Other companies, including Google and Microsoft, have their own sets of goals and priorities. On the other hand, cloud computing is also not against (or harmful for) users’ privacy. I believe Mozilla is actually helping Cloud computing by creating a faster, secured, customizable and open browser.