’Premium’ Firefox browser will have built-in VPN, cloud storage

Firefox could go Premium in the coming months confirmed Chris Beard

Firefox could go Premium in the coming months confirmed Chris Beard

But that may soon change.

Mozilla CEO Chris Beard said the company is aiming to introduce the new Firefox in October.

What's going to separate premium Firefox from regular old Firefox? "A high-performing, free and private-by-default Firefox browser will continue to be central to our core service offerings", said Firefox's SVP Dave Camp in a statement to Fossbytes via email.

Last year, Mozilla partnered with ProtonVPN to offer a small, randomised group of USA users the option to buy a subscription at $10 (£7.90) per month. "Firefox and many security features and services, like ETP [Enhanced Tracking Protection], will still be free, but that's for sure".

It is thought the company may offer "some amount of free VPN bandwidth to get you started, and then charge a premium for metered access in the form of a monthly subscription", reports The Next Web. At the time, Mozilla described it as part of a process to "explor [e] new, additional sources of revenue that align with [its] mission".

Firefox is no longer the Internet Explorer/Edge alternative that it used to be for most people.

For this collection of Firefox-branded products, Mozilla has taken the wraps off a new logo for its Firefox parent brand.

The paid version of Firefox will be aimed at those who value their privacy online. Sadly, we weren't given much information about the paid service in the actual interview, but we did learn that they plan to launch it sometime within the month of October. But the fox doesn't stand alone: The branding system also includes logos for Firefox Lockwise, Firefox Send, and Firefox Monitor, all of which elevate simple line drawings that recall what each service does using bright, colorful gradients of orange, yellow, pink, blue, and purple. Feel free to sound off in the comments with your manifestos.