Posts Tagged ‘mozilla’

Mozilla Servo Browser Builds for Windows Released

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

There’s only a demo version at this point, but it does provide an interesting peek at Mozilla’s upcoming lightweight browser.

Mozilla just released the first build of the Servo browser engine Developer Preview for Microsoft’s Windows operating system. The organization released builds of Servo for Linux and Mac in July 2016, and has added Windows to the list just now in April 2017. Windows users may head over to the official Servo download page to grab the installer. All that is required then is to run the installer to install the Servo preview — called Servo Tech Demo — on a Windows machine.

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What’s in Store for Firefox in 2017?

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Here’s a quick peek at some of the changes that Mozilla has tentatively planned for Firefox in the upcoming year …

The year 2017 will be an interesting one for the Firefox web browser, Mozilla, and users of the browser. 2017 will see new technology being integrated in Firefox, and also some removed. The following guide lists those changes. It needs to be noted though that some may or may not happen. I mention that explicitly if that is the case so that you know that a change is not a done deal but something that could happen.

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Mozilla and Google Remove WOT Extension from Stores

Monday, November 7th, 2016

It turns out that the Web of Trust add-on wasn’t exactly trustworthy when it came to user privacy.

The popular browser extension Web of Trust is no longer available on the Firefox add-on repository or the Google Chrome Web Store. Mozilla and Google have pulled the extension from their stores after a report aired on German national television that the company was selling the browsing history of its users.

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Mozilla may bring Pepper Flash to Firefox

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

With the end of support for NPAPI plug-ins, many browsers will be exploring alternative avenues for continuing support for popular formats such as Flash and PDF.

Browser plugins are fading into obscurity, at least when it comes to those using the ancient NPAPI interface for integration with browsers. All major browser companies and organizations announced the end of support for NPAPI plugins. While some block plugins already (Chrome), others will do so in the near future (Firefox) or shipped without support for plugins out of the box (Edge).

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Mozilla Plans to Add Webp Support to Firefox

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

It’s probably too soon to tell if Webp will eventually replace popular image formats such as jpeg and png, but with both Mozilla and Google behind the idea, the odds in favor of Webp must be fairly good.

Mozilla, makers of Firefox and other things, is working on bringing support for the webp format to the Firefox web browser. WebP is an image format developed by Google (based on tech by a company Google acquired) that offers lossy and lossless compression. Google designed the format as an alternative to the aging jpeg image format promising smaller file sizes without reductions in image quality.

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Thunderbird 45.0 has been released

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

One generally doesn’t read much about Thunderbird these days … except when there’s an update.

Mozilla has released an update to the desktop email client Thunderbird that brings the version of the program to Thunderbird 45.0. It is a major update of the application which has been on life support ever since Mozilla decided to hand over development to the community in 2012 and use freed up resources for other projects.

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Mozilla to Concentrate on Four IoT Projects

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

The “Internet of Things” philosophy has been around since about 1999, but over the last several years it seems to be attracting an increasing number of major players in the tech market.

Mozilla revealed yesterday four Internet of Things (IoT) projects that it plans to concentrate on after stopping any further development of Firefox OS for smartphones. Firefox OS for smartphone was an ambitious project for Mozilla, considering that it had to compete in an area where heavyweights such as Google, Apple and Microsoft dominate the field. Even though Mozilla managed to get some telecom partners onboard, it was too little too late, and this resulted in the decision to stop Firefox OS for smartphones and concentrate instead on IoT.

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Flash Replacement Shumway is as Good as Dead

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

It looks like Mozilla’s replacement for Flash is DOA … or at least it’s been sidelined for the time being.

Mozilla started to work on Shumway, an open source Flash environment that did not depend on proprietary software back in 2012. It made sense for Mozilla to work on Shumway at that time, considering that Flash was still the dominant force on the Web, and that Adobe did not cooperate with Mozilla in regards to the integration of Flash in Firefox like it did with Google.

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Project Eraser – Reduce Google Chrome Complexity

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Both Google and Mozilla have been busy reducing the complexity of their browsers lately. I wonder if this is partially a reaction to Microsoft’s Edge browser?

Google back in mid-2015 announced the start of Project Eraser, an initiative to make the Google Chrome browser less complex by removing obsolete or rarely used features. The project has not been reported wildly on in the news which is somewhat surprising. The company began inspection of code and features in Chrome 43 to find opportunities to remove code from Chrome to keep it simple and maintainable.

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Firefox 44 – Find Out What’s New

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Firefox is due for yet another update this week, so here’s a quick summary of features provided by Firefox 44.

The official release data of Firefox 44 is January 26, 2016. This overview provides you with detailed information about the new release including new features and changes in the desktop version of Firefox and the Firefox version for Android. Mozilla updates all channels of the browser that it makes available at the same time. This means that Beta, Developer Edition, Nightly and Firefox Extended Support Release channels will be updated as well.

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