Firefox Browser New Changes

Background Updates

In this version of Firefox, the browser will automatically perform updates in the background. One of Mozilla’s major competitors, Google, has been upgrading its browser, Chrome, that way for some time.

Background updates are designed to avoid the annoyance that program updates create for users, Firefox team developer Brian Bondy explained in his personal blog. Those annoyances were magnified when Mozilla adopted a rapid release schedule, releasing a new version of Firefox every six weeks.

Unlike foreground updates, background updates occur with very little disruption to the browser’s operation while a user is using it.

Security Concern

While background updates may be convenient for individuals, they could pose security problems for organizations, according to Philip Lieberman, the founder and president of Lieberman Software.

Many enterprise systems will have to be reconfigured to accommodate background updating, which creates a danger that hackers could subvert the update system and gain backdoor access to the computers on the system, he wrote in Business Computing World.

Those fears are unfounded, according to Mozilla Partner Channel Manager Kev Needham. “The ESR version of Firefox is not currently silent.Additionally, Enterprise IT groups that need to control updates usually distribute a custom build of Firefox.”

Losing Share

In recent times, Firefox has fallen to third place in the browser market, trailing Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) and Google’s Chrome. Depending on who’s doing the counting, Firefox’s July share of the usage market was around 23 percent, compared to IE’s share of 28 to 32 percent and Chrome’s of 28 to 33 percent.

End of Feature Wars?

In the past, a bump up in features translated into a bump up in usage share, but that isn’t the case anymore. At this point, the Big Five browsers are fairly compatible feature-wise, so there isn’t a whole lot of differentiation there.

In fact, the days when spiffy feature could grab market share are over. Right now, people are locked down on the browsers that they like.

It is not a feature war any more. It is more about your relationship with a vendor and how easy it is for that vendor to get to you.

With Google’s near  widespread presence, it has far more ways to get to you than Firefox does.

Speed Kills Competition

Performance is the key to browser success, it is coming down to speed and then just being able to render all the pages that are out there.

In the future, broad rendering of Web pages will require support of HTML5, an area where Mozilla may have a leg up on its rivals.

Not only does HTML5 have the potential to attract new users to Firefox — younger websters who want to play high-powered online games in their browser — but also boost Firefox’s performance by giving it more access to powerful local resources, like graphic cards and multi-core processors.

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