Everyone loves holidays.
If you’ve marked January 21, 2014 on your calendar as a day for the next Firefox release then you’ll have some adjustments to make. Thanks to Christmas, New Year and all that jazz, Mozilla has decided to give their employees almost two weeks off.
As a result, the next Firefox release has been pushed by two weeks, which means that the new date is: February 4, 2014.
With much improved security.
The world breathes easier as Mozilla has recently pushed Firefox 26 to the stable channel and it includes one important change: Java plugins are now disabled by default, yay! And speaking about security, Firefox’s password manager now also supports script generated password fields.
As far as other important changes go, there aren’t many. So here’s a complete Firefox 26 Final Changelog:
Basic and useless.
Despite the fact that main Firefox competitors (Internet Explorer 8 and Google Chrome) have implemented multi-process strategies long time ago, it looks like Mozilla was unable to figure out a right way to do so, or the priorities were not set right.
Now, according to the recent post by Mozilla’s Bill McCloskey, they have reached a point where users can try the very first Firefox Nightly multi process build. However, it’s so basic right now (one process for browser window and one process for all the tabs (instead of one per tab)) that it’s pretty sad, considering the fact that it’s been 4 years since Mozilla announced Electrolysis project.
November, 2013 Mobile Market Share: Android Browser, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari, Opera Mini – Down
Another month, another report.
Starting with Safari, Apple’s web browser has seen a small dip in its numbers, from 55.88% to 55.61% (0.27 point decrease).
With near final Australis UI.
If you’ve been eager to see the progress of long promised Australis UI then the latest Firefox UX Nightly might very well solve that.
In case you haven’t heard about Australis, check the video below. Basically, it’s Mozilla’s vision of streamlined and simplified user interface, which removes clutter and focuses on the details.
Different CEO, different ideas.
While companies like Nokia are gaining popularity in the US due to their $80-99 no contract phone(s) (Lumia 520, 521), it looks like Mozilla has decided to take a different route and focus on developing markets.
Even though Mozilla’s previous CEO, Gary Kovacs, has confirmed that Firefox OS phones will be coming to US (Sprint network) in 2014, this appears to be no longer a case. According to Mitchell Baker, the open source organization has no more plans to launch phones in the US.
October, 2013 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari – Up; Google Chrome, Opera – Down
If you thought that Internet Explorer will lose its crown anytime soon then think again as for quite some time now, it keeps doing the opposite. Up from 57.80% to 58.22% (0.42 point increase).
Another month, another report.
Kicking things off with Apple’s Safari, which tries to recover some of its lost market share, up from 54.19% to 55.88% (1.69 point increase).
The wait is over.
Today, Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox 25 Final, which appears to be a pretty minor release, considering the changes.
The only two new things are: Web Audio support and readjusted find bar that is no longer shared between tabs. That’s pretty much it. Obviously, Firefox 25 also includes some security and other fixes as well as few things for developers but these are not exactly exciting changes.
Just let it die already.
Earlier this month, Google has announced that they will go an extra mile and support Windows XP for a longer period than the Microsoft itself.
Now, it looks like Mozilla will do the very same thing and continue supporting a decade old operating system. Why? Because there are still millions of XP users out there and both companies see value in providing users with the support that they need. And as long as users will get what they want, there will be little to no initiative to finally migrate to something else, like Windows 7.