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Mozilla Updates Firefox, Demotes Support

MaddiRuhl - January 27, 2016 - 10:59 AM
Mozilla Updates Firefox, Demotes Support
Mozilla has downgraded Firefox OS to a "Tier 3" project, and released version 44.

Lots of changes are happening for Firefox over at Mozilla. Not only has Firefox version 44 been published as of yesterday, but Mozilla is also moving its support priorities around. Firefox OS has been moved to "Tier 3" support, which means that now, "other teams won't be backed out and yelled at by sheriffs for breaking b2g tests, and that the FirefoxOS team will be responsible for fixing such breakage," according to Mozilla's Fabrice Desré. Additionally, Mozilla has released Firefox version 44, which includes a significant upgrade feature: push notifications. Already available for some browsers, push notifications enable users to receive updates from sites and feeds right on their desktops (without the need for an open tap on a browser).

"Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux now lets you choose to receive push notifications from websites if you give them permission," explained Mozilla in an official blog post about the update. "This is super useful for websites like email, weather, social networks and shopping, which you might check frequently for updates." Naturally, permission must be granted by the user for this feature to be enabled, and it can be disabled at any time. Other browsers like Safari and Chrome have already implemented push notifications, and Microsoft is considering the idea of applying the feature to Edge. But Mozilla didn't stop at push notifications for Firefox's latest update. Also included in version 44 for Firefox are added screenshot resolution options, updated certificate warning pages, and more.

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