Firefox 43 Released

Mozilla released the next major update for Firefox on December 15th with Firefox 43. New features in this release included:

  • Private Browsing with Tracking Protection offers choice of blocking additional trackers
  • Improved API support for m4v video playback
  • Firefox 64-bit for Windows is now available via the Firefox download page
  • Users can choose search suggestions from the Awesome Bar
  • On-screen keyboard displayed on selecting input field on devices running Windows 8 or greater
  • Firefox Health Report has switched to use the same data collection mechanism as telemetry

There were some fixes and other items in this release which can be viewed via the Release Notes.

Depending on the user’s update settings, users should be prompted to install the new version or can do so sooner via the in-browser update (Help > About Firefox) or can manually download and install Firefox via site.

IMPORTANT: Windows 64-Bit users who want to use the new 64-Bit Windows version of Firefox will need to manually download and install the 64-Bit version of Firefox from here.

The next planned update is Firefox 44 due for release in late January 2016.

Modify Firefox settings on the Web

"Firefox Profilemaker is an online tool that enables you to make configuration changes to Firefox by exporting those changes either to a Firefox profile or saving them as a prefs.js file instead for existing profiles.
"The idea is very similar to that of ConfigFox, a third-party program for Firefox that provides you with options to configure security, privacy and other Firefox settings which in turn is based on our privacy and security settings listing for the browser.
"The online tool walks you through seven configuration pages, each listing a distinct set of features and options to either enable or disable it. ..."
Source: gHacks Tech News
 Firefox Profilemaker: modify Firefox settings on the Web

Mitchel Baker: Thunderbird Update

Note: While this post mostly pertains to Mozilla's other project, Thunderbird I still felt it was important to post this here as to remind people that while Thunderbird is very different from Firefox, they are still both 'interconnected' within the Mozilla Foundation in regards to technical resources. Mitchel Baker, Chair of the Mozilla Foundation has posted an update on her blog about Thunderbird. She assures us that Mozilla is not 'dropping' Thunderbird. But, at the same time it is no longer effective for Thunderbird and Firefox to share the same technical infrastructure.
Firefox and Thunderbird have diverging needs. Firefox needs to move at the speed of the Web, and needs to bring the things we love about the Web into the world of mobile, social, data and the cloud. That’s a fiercely competitive setting with high consequences. We need to be laser-focused if we want to move these parts of online life towards the traits of individual user centrality and control, openness, interoperability and a level playing field. Thunderbird is a valuable and respected open source project, with different parameters. In my message on Monday I noted that planning for the future should be based on the need to plan for a future where the technical infrastructure of Firefox and Thunderbird are separate.
However, there could be a time where Thunderbird moves away from Mozilla.
I also noted that we should look at whether Mozilla remains the best organizational and legal home for Thunderbird. This is a separate question from the technical infrastructure. This question is much more wide open. I don’t know what the answer will be. It could be that Mozilla remains the best home, based on history, affiliation and shared community. It could also be that a home geared to open source projects of Thunderbird’s size and scope is better suited. I can imagine either being the case. We have decided to separate the technical infrastructure and to explore what is best for Thunderbird and for the Mozilla project as a whole.
via Lizard Wrangling

Mozilla Dumps Tile Advertising Experiment

"It's no secret Mozilla has been toying with ideas to monetise Firefox, with one experiment including advertisement-filled home page tiles. After trialling the feature for a while, Mozilla has decided to give it the axe. ..."
Source: Lifehacker Australia
 Mozilla Dumps Tile Advertising Experiment From Firefox

Win64 Firefox IS here…

...starting with Firefox 42 but you need to go to the Mozilla FTP site in order to download it. Once you click the link, find the most current version of Firefox and click that link, then click on the win64 link. Choose your localized (language) build then download the .exe setup file. At sometime in the future, the Win64 build will be offered directly from the Firefox downloads page. Per Bug 1181014, 32-bit Windows users who are running 64-Bit version of Windows will be offered an updated to the 64-bit version. This likely won't happen until sometime next year after some more testing is done to insure this won't create new problems.

Silverlight Support Returning To 64-Bit Firefox

At least for a while as Mozilla still plans on deprecating Silverlight support sometime in the future (much as Google and Microsoft already have). Bug 1225293 which was made public today indicates Mozilla's short term plans to support Silverlight in the Win64 builds. When exactly Silverlight will return to the Firefox 64-Bit builds is not exactly known. It could (but not likely) be with Firefox 43 already in Beta and due out December 15th, 2015 or (more likely) Firefox 44 still in Developer's Edition (Aurora) and due out in late January 2016 or Firefox 45 currently in Nightly builds and due out early March 2016. Besides Netflix and Amazon, there are many other small regional VOD services which utilize Silverlight. So going forward both Flash and Silverlight (for a while) will be supported in the Win64 releases of Firefox. We will post an updated when we get more info as to which release of Firefox this will land.  

Happy birthday Firefox!

Seems longer. I have an old laptop with a working version of 1.something.

"Eleven years ago, Firefox 1.0 was released with much excitement and anticipation. With the help of volunteers, The Mozilla Foundation placed a two-page advertisement in the New York Times. Over the last 11 years, Firefox has been been used by millions of people worldwide, becoming one of the most popular web browsers available to surf the Internet. ..."
Source: Opensource-com
---> Happy birthday Firefox!

Firefox 42 Released

Mozilla release the next scheduled update of Firefox with Firefox 42 on Tuesday, November 3rd. There are several changes and updates to this version including changes to private browsing. More information is available in the Release Notes. Depending on their update settings, users should be prompted to update within 48-hours of this release or can do so in Firefox via Help > About Firefox or download and manually install the new version via the site. The next scheduled release is Firefox 43 set for around December 15th.

Download Manager (S3) Add-On Spies on Users

" Dan Callahan, engineer in Developer Relations at Mozilla, has told Softpedia that their staff contacted Mr. Popov, but he has yet to respond them. He also said they've also checked the developer's other plugins, and that besides Download Manager (S3) another add-on was also found to have a similar behavior and also removed from the add-ons portal. If Mr. Popov removes the user privacy intrusive behavior from his add-on's code, Mr. Callahan said that the Mozilla staff won't have any issues with relisting the add-ons on their portal. "
Source: Softpedia
Details ---> Download Manager (S3) Firefox Add-On Spies on Users - UPDATE