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03.18.14

Mozilla News: Less Microsoft, No Persona, More Mono, and Less Intrusive Addons

Posted in News Roundup at 11:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft

  • Mozilla gives up on Metro mode Firefox

    Just days before it was due to be included in Firefox’s stable version, Mozilla has announced that its Metro-mode shell for Firefox has been cancelled.

  • Update on Metro
  • Mozilla Stops Development of Metro Firefox for Windows 8

    It’s been a couple of years since Microsoft delivered Windows 8 and we have never seen the touch-capable “Metro” version of the Firefox browser, designed for Windows 8, that Mozilla had talked up so frequently. Google Chrome, on the other hand, has been available in a Windows 8 Metro version since 2012.

Persona

  • Mozilla Gives Up on Persona Single Sign-On, for Now
  • Mozilla Halts its Development of Persona Authentication System

    Over the years Google has started and then abandoned so mamy projects that some people like to say that the company “throws spaghetti at the wall to see what will stick.” Now, as Mozilla is shifting its entire company strategy toward mobile technology and focusing on its Firefox OS platform, it may be heading in a similar direction. After touting and actively testing its Persona authentication and sign-on system, the company is stepping down its participation in the project, citing low adoption.

Mono

Extensions

  • Sony to bring widget functionality to Firefox OS

    Sony recently submitted an enhancement which allows widget like functionality on Firefox OS. Dubbed gadget, it is supposed to allow easy interaction with applications from homescreen and lockscreen. Currently the implementation is being reviewed on bugzilla by the Mozilla team.

  • Mozilla Whitelists Some Firefox Extensions, But Has it Out for Them

    Early last year, I posted a piece on Mozilla radically changing its approach to plugins in the Firefox browser. Plugins and extensions are, of course, part of the reason why many of us chose to use Firefox in the first place. There is a huge ecosystem of useful ones. However, especially since Firefox moved to a rapid release cycle, extensions have cause many performance problems. For that reason, Mozilla has been steadily overhauling its process of handling extensions in Firefox, especially when it comes to extensions that are automatically enabled.

  • Mozilla to enable Click to Play by default for all plugins from March 31

    Mozilla announced back in January 2013 that it planned to eventually require all plugins to be ‘Click to Play’ by default, meaning that users will need to click on plugins in-page in order to enable them and view their content.

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