Last year, an announcement was made by Mozilla of its decision not to associate itself with plugins built around the NPAPI technology. This means that users will be asked if they want to activate plugins, such as Adobe Flash, by default.
According to rumors, this will finally be taking place once Firefox 55 is released in August this year. Other major browser like Google and Microsoft’s Edge Browser have already stopped supporting the media app. Along with other browsers like Opera and Brave, Adobe Flash is either disabled by default or on click-to-play settings. While Mozilla has expressed the same thoughts, it is finally pulling out its support on Adobe Flash with the upcoming update a few months from now.
As of the moment, Flash is the only plugin supported by Firefox, thus, the soon-to-be- added default setting, “Ask to Activate” will replace “Always Activate”. Also, this is already available in the Nightly Edition of Firefox and if rumors are correct, this will also be included in the alpha and beta versions since a stable release of version 55.
If Firefox will also have the option of click-to-play, some say that this means that the browser is subtly transitioning to using HTML5 content for multimedia. Other changes or improvements on the next Mozilla Firefox update include the blocking of Flash from opening content that comes from other URL schemes that are not within HTTPS and HTTP. As a result, it will not be able to play nor load local file://SWF files or SWF files that are loaded from other protocols like FTP. This alteration has been decided to make the browser more secure.
Mozilla Firefox boasts of a number of features that make it one of the popular browsers today. The first of which is speed. The browser claims less hang time and faster start-ups which results to tabs and windows loading faster. This way, users who rely on surfing the internet and opening several windows will not experience much lag when browsing.
Another feature that is appealing to users is Private Browsing. This comes in handy when it comes to blocking ads and trackers that are out to gather information even without your permission. Since it is supported by a non-profit organization, Firefox does not need to protect any corporation or any entity except for the users.
With version 53 released in April, there have been changes added to the browser. With the update, 39 vulnerabilities were patched. With the Project Quantum technology used in the browser engine, crashes related to graphics issues were reduced. Moreover, two user interface themes were added, the Compact Light and the Compact Dark themes. Both have compact user interface as opposed to the default color scheme of Firefox.
Aside from Firefox 55, an earlier version is also set to be released next month, the Firefox54. According to Mozila, this will affect web developers, specifically on developer tools. For those interested, downloads for pre-released versions are available. These are for the FirefozBeta, Firefox Nightly and the Firefox Developer Edition. These are available for Android and iOS.
If you have always wanted to try using this browser but have been putting it off, this might be the right time to do so. Besides, Mozilla Firefox disable update is now available with web notifications and you might even make it work for you.