Firefox 17 Now Includes Facebook Messaging Sidebar

Mozilla on Monday announced that Firefox 17 now includes a Facebook messaging sidebar for easier communication with a users Facebook friends list.

The opt-in feature allows users to quickly access Facebook Messenger from any page on the web. Users can also see their Facebook notifications whenever using the browser and they are given the option to hide the sidebar when not in use.

In a public statement regarding the release of Firefox 17′s new feature Mozilla states:

The HTML5-based options is a joint effort between Mozilla and Facebook and is based off the HTML5 Social API.

Mozilla is also believed to be working on Twitter and other social network connections. In a blog post Mozilla writes:

Today’s Facebook integration is just the start of making Firefox more social. We’ll soon add support for more features and multiple providers.

While specialty browsers have worked to integrate social network features into their interfaces Mozilla is the first big player in the mobile browsing game to make a similar jump.


Firefox 15 is available to download now

Mozilla officially launched Firefox 15 final, but, for the time being, the upgrade is not available for all the users. The Firefox 15 update comes with new features and several optimizations that are improving the overall performance of the popular web browser.

The new version of the Firefox web browser was made available for download about two months since the previous version, Firefox 15. The Firefox 15 launch will be followed by new updates for Firefox Beta and Firefox Aurora, on August 30th and August 31st, respectively.

The new Firefox 15 promises to better manage the RAM consumption of the add-on components. It seems that Mozilla is trying its best to make to users forget abut their web browser’s bad image regarding the resource management. The WebGL was also improved, receiving support for compressed textures, for improved performance for the in-browser games.

As about the new features introduced in Firefox 15, there’s native support for PDF documents visualization and SPDY v3 network protocol, for faster internet access.

 The web developers will receive a new JavaScript debugger integrated with the developer tools suite, layout view mode in Page Inspector, a feature for fast switch between desktop and mobile page version, next to some other less visible improvements.

The new Firefox 15 also brings a new system for Firefox updates installs, meant to shorten the time required to apply the update packages, as well as optimizations that are improving the reaction times of the Search feature.

If you are planning to download Firefox 15, you can go ahead and install the latest version from the web browser’s official page.

Mozilla released Firefox 14 – what’s new

Mozilla has released Firefox 14 for desktop operating systems.

Mozilla’s Firefox web browser has received its six-week update with Firefox 14 automatically encrypting Google searches and supporting the Pointer Lock API. Mozilla has also included support for fullscreen mode in Mac OS X 10.7.

Mozilla said it encrypts Google search data by default, adding that users can now easily verify the identity of a web site by clicking on an icon to the left of the URL. According to Mozilla, the addition of search encryption is particularly handy for those using Firefox on wireless connections.

Firefox 14 support of Pointer Lock will improve mouse control for internet based applications and in particular games, Mozilla said. It cited its own HTML5 Browserquest game as an example of improved performance. With HTML5 expected to become the markup language of choice for web-based games developers, it seems a very good time for Firefox to support it.

Since Mozilla has put Firefox on its six-week rapid release schedule the organisation has come in for vocal criticism, with some people within Mozilla’s developer community questioning whether the move has resulted in users flocking to Chrome. Although Mozilla has produced an extended support release of Firefox, the problems Mozilla has had getting users to download and install the standard version suggest that only the most informed users will move to the long-term release.


  • Google searches now utilize HTTPS
  • Full screen support for Mac OS X Lion implemented
  • Plugins can now be configured to only load on click (requires an about:config change)
  • The Awesome Bar now auto-completes typed URLs



  • Improved site identity manager, to prevent spoofing of an SSL connection with favicons

Here summary of Firefox 14


Source:The Inquirer

Mozilla set to launch a new mobile operating system

Mozilla plans to launch a new mobile operating system called Mozilla OS under its brand. They claimed get industry support from device manufacturers such as TCL Communication Technology (under Alcatel One Touch brand) and ZTE. Both company interested to manufacture the first device to feature the new Firefox OS, using Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm Incorp, the leader in smartphone platforms. The first Firefox OS device expected to debut commercially in Brazil early 2013 through Telefónica’s commercial brand, Vivo.

Mozilla OS is based on Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko project which allowing HTML5 application to access the underlying capabilities of a phone, previously available only to native applications. Mozilla and all other participants are committed to ensuring the project is fully open and the reference implementation of the required Web APIs is being submitted to W3C for standardization.

“The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers.  As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use,” said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla.

New features in Firefox 13

Mozilla finally released new version of Firefox-13, the latest version of its open source. Although Mozilla has yet to make it publically available on Firefox’s website, the browser itself has made its way to our hands just a tad bit early.

The most visible new feature in Firefox 13 is its new Home page, one of the many interface changes implemented by the Firefox UX development team. This new Home page — accessible by typing about:home into the Address bar — provides users with the ability to create their own customised home page, with shortcuts to bookmarks, downloads, add-ons, history, sync, settings and an option for restoring the previous session. Users are presented with the option of using this home page when setting up Firefox 13 for the first time. [Read more...]