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Mozilla is initiating a major transmutation of its popular browser Firefox, with a specific emphasis on making extensions (called add-ons for Firefox) interoperable between browsers. This overhaul will also make other significant changes to the underlying function of Firefox, which will make this browser more like Google’s Chrome in operation.


On the web extensions front, Mozilla has released a new API, which makes Firefox add-ons very compatible in the same way Chrome and Opera handle extensions. Firefox developers are rewriting their existing add-ons and once it’s done, they will be very easy to port extensions across almost all the major browsers like Firefox, Chrome and Opera and cross-development will only require a few modifications. As this upcoming extension support for Microsoft Edge which is largely based on Chrome’s model, it also follows that Microsoft’s offering can also be added into the fold when Microsoft will enable extension support in the month of October this year.

In a bid to improve security aspect, it is also introducing a new policy which will emphasize that all third-party extensions need to be signed and validated by Mozilla, starting with Firefox 41. Along with that, to make Firefox operation very similar to Chrome, Mozilla is also adopting a technology called Electrolysis.  It means each tab (and possible extension) will have its own process and if you will click on back option, it’ll link back to the ‘main’ Firefox process. This will make the browser more stable and secure.

In recent years, Chrome has become notorious for being a performance and RAM hog because of its implementation of a multi-process system so the company is also promising performance improvements to go with the change so that any gains in performance remain to be seen. As the implementation of this adoption will also break compatibility with some existing extensions, so developers will need to rewrite their code again. Although the browser will try to run such extensions in a compatibility mode as best as possible, but the company is also encouraging developers to become familiar with Electrolysis.

If they’ll be familiar with Electrolysis, it’ll be easy for them to start utilizing the WebExtensions API. On the whole, it is a significant improvement for both users and developers.  It allows developers to maintain only one code base across most browser platforms and give benefits to users by offering a wide range of content and extensions which will be available to them across different platforms.

Madison is an expert tech writer and work for Computer Repair Service provider company, who writes about technicalities involved with the system’s hardware as well as software. In this article she discusse about Mozilla firefox support and latest updates. Keep reading their articles for new tips and tricks.


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