Firefox gets really serious these days, with planning to roll out some great upgrades. First of all, we were announced about a new privacy approach on the web browser, which will keep all users safe from spam and other internet abuses that are killing our vibes lately. Cyber security becomes extremely important, as we are highly exposed in front of privacy thefts and other types of virtual harassment. Firefox is among the first ones to take some serious actions and they now offer us the opportunity to safely surf on the limitless grounds of the internet. Now, rumor has it that Firefox will roll out Chrome and Opera extensions.
After their first effort to bring something good and useful to their users, Mozilla today has announced major changes to the way Firefox will implement add-ons. The most important update is the adoption of a new API extension that will be largely compatible with the one presently used by Blink-based browsers such as Chrome and Opera. The WebExtensions API are designed to ensure that developers will only have to make a few small changes to their code in order to have it perfectly running on Firefox.
Mozilla hopes that the move to the WebExtensions API will allow the organization to review add-ons significantly faster. Furthermore, Mozilla has plans to automate more of the review process and bring down the review time for extensions listed in its web store, limiting it to five days.
Mozilla is planning on running Chrome and Opera extensions in Firefox as well. All the support for the traditional Firefox add-ons will soon be out of date, as members of the company have stated.
Their endeavor to make things better for users does not end here, as the company will also introduce an extremely intricate and complex architecture in its Web browser. It sounds like they are really planning to revolutionize the way they were delivering the service. A new architecture, imagined from scratch by the Firefox team, called Electrolysis, will allow the Web browser to create separate processes for each tab.
All the moves Mozilla intends to implement will dramatically impact the Firefox add-on ecosystem. A unified extension ecosystem which gives developers permission to write their code once and have it run on Firefox and Chrome as well, with only few modifications, will most likely be a major win for both users and developers.
It is quite curios why they plan to do all these changes, as many of the features that made Firefox unique will slowly disappear.
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