After Firefox 44 bit exciting offering, the successor to Windows, Mac & Co. is available for download. Whether Firefox 45 has the makings browser Firecracker, clarifies ULTIMATE TECH NEWS.
succession: Exactly six weeks after the release of Firefox 44 are Mozilla, the next version of its popular browser freely. Firefox 45 relies on improvements in cross-device use. With the so-called Web Extensions Mozilla prepares a new standard for future Firefox Add-nos. A final stroke to let the developers, meanwhile, under the tab groups. All details about the changes to Firefox 45 explains the practice test of ULTIMATE TECH NEWS.
Surf data like bookmarks or history between different devices to exchange, one of the browser’s minimum requirements. So Firefox is equipped with its own synchronization service for cross-device data synchronization. In version 45 of the browser now gets a new button which simplifies access to open tabs. So far, they succeeded either on the course overview or by entering about: sync-tabs in the address bar. The switch to display synchronized tabs from other devices quickly, can be placed anywhere in the toolbar and tab bar or menu. The use of the function requires a Firefox account advance.
outsourced Tab Groups
With Tab Groups organize Vielsurfer in Firefox Tabs in any groups. An interesting feature to keep track of even very many open webpages. With Firefox 45, however, the also called Panorama function disappears from the program. With the measure, the manufacturer intends to facilitate the development effort of new versions. Obviously the type of Tab-administration caused a significant overhead, which does not pay for the small compared to Google or Microsoft software developer Mozilla. One survey According make just 0.01 percent of users use of the function. But not to disappear the Tab Groups, as Mozilla says. Instead, the function is called extension outsourced. With Tree Style Tab or One Tab more add-nos are available with similar functionality. New considerations which are not: Already in 2013 there were such plans, such as Firefox expert Sören Hentzschel notes.
New Firefox Hello
With the release of Firefox 45 Mozilla admits nor elsewhere; it is true also Mozilla’s Firefox Hello communication service. The since version 34 permanently integrated in the browser Skype-alternative is available now only as a system add-on. For users, however, so that does not change. Because unlike regular browser extensions system add-nos are not subsequently to install, it automatically integrate with the installation of the browser.Disadvantage: This type of extensions can not uninstall the add-on management of the program. In this case, Mozilla wants to separate the development of the function of the browser. Thus, for example, new features for Hello extradite without import equal regular Firefox updates. For Firefox 46 Mozilla has already announced outsource Pocket as a system extension. An innovation provides the fresh Mozilla browser yet: instead to feed video chats only with the recordings on your webcam, can be via Firefox Hello now open tabs with a few clicks transferred to the communication partner.
New sub for browser extensions
With the so-called Web Extensions Mozilla is working on a new interface, the future is the basis for browser extensions. With the step Mozilla wants but not only create a modern foundation for add-nos, but also simplify the development of add-ons for different browsers, because the new system is largely compatible with the extension systems of Chrome and Opera. Presumably, Microsoft jumping on the train and adjusts its Windows 10 browser Edge accordingly. Currently, the new interface is still in development, Firefox 45 but already supports a number of functions, which is why Mozilla developers calls to make themselves familiar with the system. With the release of Firefox 48 in August 2016, the work on the WebExtensions should largely be completed.
Innovations for Android users and more
The Android version of Firefox gets an update. Besides some minor adjustments in the mobile browser menu is on smartphones and tablets auto loading pictures disable. In areas with poor network coverage helps to speed up browsing and to save precious data volume. When enabled, the browser instead of a placeholder images. If necessary, individual images can be a long press on the placeholder in addition tap of graphics and display graphics to reload. In addition, the developers have filed numerous other corners. In addition to several new features for developers in Firefox 45, access to the privacy settings by typing about: permissions blocked in the address bar. Who wants to know which permissions the web page opened is equipped, must call the Page Information option. Mozilla has announced a further shift in the signature requirement for extensions. Since Firefox 43 can be regularly only extensions install who have previously undergone a security check and are provided with a digital signature (digital signature). About a little trick in the advanced browser settings in about: config You can get around this hurdle. The option should originally disappear with Firefox 44 from the browser, now the manufacturer has the grace period for offending add-nos again extended , so the trick with Firefox 45 still works. Only with the introduction of the successor should therefore be definitively concluded.
Firefox 45 ESR
With Firefox 45 Mozilla also brings its browser version with long-term support to stand. The so-called ESR version ( E extended- S support- R release version) gets in to the regular edition an average of 54 weeks fault and security updates and is therefore aimed primarily at businesses and larger facilities. People who are still using Firefox 38 ESR go, should in the next few weeks to upgrade to the new version before Mozilla sets the support here. The update contains nearly all amendments, which also has the standard version on board. Only Firefox Hello and introduced with Firefox 44 Service Worker are disabled in the ESR version for compatibility reasons.
Conclusion: Firefox 45
Although the first impression suggests standstill – behind the scenes happened a lot! So the Mozilla browser is just the total reconstruction. The consequences are already visible in Firefox 45th To create the Web Extensions the basis for modern extension technique.With the removal of the tab groups the Mozilla programmers simplify the development of the browser; the outsourcing of various functions as a system add-nos contribute to this strategy. So will Firefox 45, considered a lackluster update, but an important and necessary step to promote the modernization of the browser. Really exciting is probably again only when the changes mesh at the end.