Mozilla has announced a new initiative to show sponsored content within the Firefox browser. Currently, opening a new tab in Firefox will display a set of nine tiles showing your most commonly visited websites. When a user installs Firefox and opens it for the first time, they see these tiles, but eight of them are blank (one links to a Firefox tutorial). As the user browses the web, those tiles gradually fill in with visited sites. But Mozilla is going to fill out those blank eight tiles for new users. They say, “Some of these tile placements will be from the Mozilla ecosystem, some will be popular websites in a given geographic location, and some will be sponsored content from hand-picked partners to help support Mozilla?s pursuit of our mission. The sponsored tiles will be clearly labeled as such, while still leading to content we think users will enjoy.” Existing users shouldn’t see any difference, and the tiles will be replaced with commonly-visited sites like they do now.
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New Firefox users will soon be seeing advertisements when they open a new tab Non-profit software group Mozilla announced in that it is rolling out “Directory Tiles,” a program that will place various types of content in tiles on the tabs opened by new users.
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For new users, “Directory Tiles” will present users with elements from Mozilla,
popular and geographically relevant websites, and “sponsored content from hand-picked partners.”
As AdAge noted, Mozilla has not always been the most advertising-friendly organization. The organization is a non-profit, but brings in revenue Read more…
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To make the new browser fit in with Microsoft’s desktop-free direction, Mozilla has slapped on some tile menus, including a new start screen, so it doesn’t seem out of place on a Windows 8 tablet.
Other features include the ability to view the app in bog standard fullscreen, or snapped to the side or filling the rest of the screen not already occupied ? you know, for the snazzier tablet enthusiasts.
Mozilla has also integrated Windows Share, so users can more easily inundate their friends with whatever they’re currently doing on the web.
The magic touch Firefox is continuing to lose market share, according to the latest figures by Net Applications. It dropped from 18.35 per cent in December to 18.08 in January,
while Chrome nibbled off a tiny chunk more by growing from 16.22 per cent to 16.28 per cent. Internet Explorer, however, is making something of a comeback,
jumping from 57.91 per cent to 58.21 per cent.
Whether or not a touch-friendly version of Firefox for Windows 8 tablets helps Mozilla’s market share remains to be seen. The slow Windows 8 adoption may hurt its chances.
The beta of the Metro-styled Firefox comes after numerous delays, with a release date set for March. Mozilla is inviting all users of the beta browser to submit any bugs they find and post feedback.
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