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With the recent release of Firefox 43, Mozilla has finally introduced the stable 64-bit build for Windows users, something we have been waiting for almost a decade.
In case you forgot, Mozilla has abandoned the 64-bit builds back in 2012 due to the “significant negative feedback” only to change their minds afterwards.
At first it was Thunderbird and now FFOS…
Mozilla, the company that is ran by the headless chickens, has announced that they will stop developing and selling Firefox OS smartphones.
Unveiled back in 2013, Firefox OS was supposed to flood the developing world with the low cost devices. After that strategy failed, they switched to the “higher end”, and after this strategy failed too, Mozilla completely abandoned the platform and it is now dead.
No, it does not work on Firefox for iOS.
Recently, Mozilla has announced that they will begin focusing on the core user experiences instead; so they have pretty much stopped developing Thunderbird and even ditched sponsored tiles as a result.
Now, the very same organization has just announced a new product: Focus by Firefox, a free content blocker for the Apple’s Safari users. How exactly does it help Mozilla to focus on the core Firefox user experiences? I am not sure that Mozilla knows that either.
The search deal did not come to a rescue.
Last year, Google and Mozilla did not come extend the search agreement, and as a result, Yahoo! became the default search engine in Firefox.
While at first Yahoo! experienced a pretty healthy increase in its market share numbers (where even Google was concerned as it begged users to switch back), it looks like the gains did not hold. According to the most recent data, for October, Yahoo’s global usage share was actually at a new low, 7.6%, down from 10.2% (January 2015).
Tab grouping and heave themes are the first to go.
As a part of Mozilla’s “Great or Dead” strategy, the open source organization has announced that they will be removing some of the rarely used Firefox features.
What are these features? First is tab grouping (aka Panorama), which was introduced with Firefox 4 and allowed users to organize related tabs into groups, and switch between them when needed. As explained by Firefox’ director of programming engineering, “Very few people chose to use it, so we are retiring it because the work required to maintain it is disproportionate to its popularity.”
With the release of Windows 10 Mobile “RTM” (which is more of a Beta than the Final version of a mobile OS), guys at Rewritable have decided to test three web browsers performance: Edge (Build 10586.11), Google Chrome 46 and Firefox 42.
To keep the benchmark as fair as possible, Lumia 640 and Motorola Moto G 4G were used, as both of these share same specs:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Yes, the wait is over.
Long time ago, when Firefox was still a pretty dominant web browser, Mozilla said that they see no point to release a half-baked version of Firefox for iOS that uses WebKit rather than Gecko. Fast forward to now and the open source organization is singing another song.
The result? Firefox for iOS is finally here and can be downloaded by anyone on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Yes, it uses WebKit, which makes it more of a FireFaux web browser, but Mozilla still hopes to get at least some of the users with key selling points like data sync between Firefox Desktop and Mobile, intuitive tab management, Private Browsing and flexible search.
In an interesting turn of events, Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox OS 2.5, not only for the FfOS devices (as one might expect) but also for the developers on Android. Yes, this means that you can play with the latest OS build and test it as regular Android app. For obvious reasons, it requires downloading it directly from Mozilla rather than the Play Store.
As far as the feature set goes, you can now install Firefox OS add-ons, enjoy the private browsing experience and ability to pin web sites to your home screen as apps.
Now here is a milestone for you.
Eleven years ago, Mozilla has released Firefox 1.0, which later became one of the most popular web browsers in the world. Fast forward to now and Firefox is sitting at the version 42, with more features than ever but far less excitement than 4-5 years ago.
In any case, we wish Firefox a very happy birthday and hoping to see some fresh innovations (and not Chrome copying), which might lead to the legendary browser’s come back.
Just as it should be.
Now here’s a pretty great feature that should speed up the overall adoption of HTTPS. Starting with Firefox 44 Nightly, Mozilla’s web browser will notify users about the insecure type = ”password” forms and mark connection as not secure.
All in all, a very small change but we couldn’t be happier.