Mozilla will be giving Firefox users a chance to install Google Chrome extensions, a popular way of adding functionality to web browsers.
However, just like the development of any other application, developers of extensions will usually come up with different versions meant for the many web browsers that are available today.
There is some good news for those who love to add more functionality to their web browsers using these extensions. Mozilla will be allowing users of the Firefox web browser to install Chrome extensions in their browser without going through the hassles of getting a specific version for this browser.
The company said in a blog post that it would like to “make the development of add-ons more like Web development. The same code will be able to run in multiple web browsers with respect to the set behavioral standards and the multiple vendors of these add-ons will provide comprehensive documentation.” There is a new API in Firefox known as WebExtensions and using this API, Opera and Chrome extension codes will be able to run on this platform, subject to a few changes.
The company revealed that this WebExtensions will work in a similar fashion as other Firefox add-ons. They will need to be attested by Mozilla, and they will be discoverable via addons.mozilla.org or the developer’s site. Developers will now be able to use this API to make extensions that can work on Firefox and Chrome only after making minor changes when repackaging for each platform.
Firefox 42 updated with WebExtensions
If you want to get to know more about the latest update in Mozilla Firefox, you will have to update to the latest Firefox 42 Developer Edition. According to Mozilla, this move will lead to trade-offs as the developers already on Chrome will now have a simpler way of expanding their reach.
There are more security additions available in the latest version of Mozilla Firefox 42 Developer Edition. Electrolysis has been added to the platform where a separate OS process will be in charge of running web content. According to PCMag, Mozilla will now be able to run separate browser tabs independent of the user interface such that whenever a tab crashes, it does not affect the entire browser.
It has not yet been determined when exactly the full version of Electrolysis will step in, but there is news that its release will be based on the user testing, and the beta version will roll out as an “opt-in” as from September 22.