Brendan Eich is the chief technology officer of the Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit behind the Firefox web browser. Among many other things, he oversees the Firefox security team — the software engineers who work to steel the browser against online attacks from hackers, phishers, and other miscreants — and that team is about to get bigger. Much, much bigger.
An anonymous reader writes “At CES 2014 in Las Vegas today, Mozilla announced its plans for Firefox OS this year. Having launched Firefox OS for smartphones in 2013, the company has now partnered with Panasonic to bring its operating system to TVs, and also detailed the progress that has been made around the tablet and desktop versions.”
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It seems the Modern UI version of Firefox for Windows 8 will remain in beta for at least another two months, contrary to previous expectations.
Mozilla has updated its official Wiki page for the “Metro” Firefox app with a new forecasted release on March 18.
The new version of Firefox, with a tile-based layout to match Windows 8’s interface, has been in development at least since early 2012.
But delay after delay has caused the Modern UI Firefox app to stagnate in beta since September.
You beta believe it In August, Mozilla expected to launch the Modern/Metro Firefox app with Firefox 26 by December.
Then in September the Windows 8 Firefox app was released through Mozilla’s Aurora beta channel, but the full release version was pushed back to coincide with Firefox 27 in January.
Now Firefox 27 has been pushed back to February 4, and the new Modern Firefox pushed even further to launch with Firefox 28 on March 18.
Mozilla’s position on Windows 8 has been wishy-washy since 2012, when Mozilla General Counsel Harvey Anderson blogged that Microsoft’s newest OS marks a “return to the dark ages.”
Guess Mozilla doesn’t feel rushed to delve into the darkness.
* Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 hit 10% market share while Windows 7 grows and Windows XP falls
Mozilla is out today with its latest milestone Firefox release, this time providing security fixes as well as new functionality in the open-source Web browser.
The Firefox 26 release first entered beta in early November. From a security feature perspective, the big change that Firefox 26 introduces is the concept of “click-to-play” plug-ins. Prior to Firefox 26, plug-ins such as Java would just load inside the browser whenever required by a given Website, and without the need for any specific user interaction.
Source Hack in the Box