Monday 28 September 2015

THE MOZILLA FIREFOX by Syed Akhlaq Hussain

Good morning all,
Moziilla Foundation has always worked to make the Web more accessible to everyone, and apart from Firefox OS, there are other tools such as the Firefox Browser, Firefox Marketplace, etc.Firefox OS, powered by Gecko engine, runs only websites in the form of apps, known as web apps. These apps are built using HTML, the same technology that powers the Web. These web apps will run on many operating systems in addition to Firefox OS. Every operating system (including Android and Windows 8) that runs Firefox browser will be able to run these web apps distributed through Firefox Marketplace.Mozilla has developed Web APIs so that HTML5 apps can communicate with the device’s hardware, which was only possible for native apps until now, e.g. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Camera, etc.
Mozilla arranges to introduce the Windows 10 form of its Firefox program in August or September, and is now demonstrating what the new program will resemble.
The open-source engineer uncovered recently that it had turned around course and would create a program for Microsoft's new working framework, which touches base on July 29. Mozilla had deserted that thought a year ag
The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to support and collectively lead the open source Mozilla project. Founded in July 2003, the organization sets the policies that govern development, operates key infrastructure and controls Mozillatrademarks and copyrights. It owns a taxable subsidiary: the Mozilla Corporation, which employs many Mozilla developers and coordinates releases of the Mozilla Firefox web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird email client. The subsidiary is 100% owned by the parent, and therefore follows the same non-profit principles. The Mozilla Foundation was founded by the Netscape-affiliated Mozilla Organization. The organization is currently based in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View, California, United States.
Firefox 3.0 uses version 1.9 of the Gecko layout engine for displaying web pages. This version fixes many bugs, improves standards compliance, and implements many new web APIs compared to Firefox 2.0. Other new features include a redesigned download manager, a new "Places" system for storing bookmarks and history, and separate themes for different operating systems. Firefox was made in 2002 under the name "Phoenix" by the Mozilla group individuals who needed a standalone program instead of the Mozilla Application Suite bundle.Beginning as a fork of the Navigator segment of the Mozilla Application Suite, Mozilla Firefox has subsequent to turn into the establishment's principle advancement concentrate (alongside the Thunderbird mail and news customer), supplanting the Mozilla Suite as the establishment's official primary programming release.As of November 2008, Firefox had around 20% of the piece of the overall industry for programs, around the world. Web Explorer had around 70%. Firefox is a standout amongst the most prominent web programs today.
I joined #Firefox Student Ambassadors to promote openness, innovation, and opportunity on the Web! #FirefoxStudents
Syed Akhlaq Hussain
Student of Amity
FireFox Student Ambassador

FireFox Hello by Tushar Sharma
Firefox Hello, the first global communications system built directly into a browser to help make things easier. Firefox Hello provides more value to Firefox users by making it easier to communicate with your friends and family who might not have the same video chat service, software or hardware as you. It’s free to make voice and video calls and there’s no need to download software, plugins or even create an account. Hello allows you to connect with anyone who has a WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) -enabled browser, such as Firefox, Chrome or Opera.
The features includes:
  • Call Options
One of the great features of Firefox Hello is that you don’t need to create an account in order to connect with the people that matter to you most. You simply share a callback link with the person you want to connect with and when they click on the link the call begins.

  • Safe, secure, protected
Because Hello is built right into Firefox, you can rest easy knowing that your conversations and information will remain private and secure. And thanks to WebRTC-grade encryption, you’ll enjoy an added level of security.
  • Contacts Integration
You can add contacts to your address book manually or import contacts from your Google account to Firefox Hello. Simply select ‘Import Contacts’ from the address book and then sign into your Google account to give permission. If your contacts have a Firefox Account and are online, then you can call these contacts directly from Firefox.

If you login with your Firefox account on your browser then there is no need to share a link or integrate contacts, Firefox Hello sync your data over your devices, just login with google or your Firefox account and start the conversations and share your moments…..
Tushar Sharma
Student of Amity
FireFox student Ambassador

Saturday 22 August 2015



At present the mobile industry is influenced chiefly by mobile platforms like apple [iOS], Google [Android], Microsoft [Windows phone] and a few other proprietary platforms. These platforms have specific software for every device, limited revenue choices policies which may or may not be beneficial for the users, and user device relationship usually brought about by stores.
Mozilla Firefox gives a strong competition to these platforms and it is the platform that will dominate the mobile industry in the future. Mozilla Firefox is built using HTML5 and even supports the HTML5 offline applications and other standard web APIs as well which works for the need of an immediate OS layer.
The existing platforms involves various layers of stacks whereas Firefox includes significantly smaller stack scaling from high end feature to high end smart phones. It also provides a Firefox marketplace which for the developers provide enhanced discoveability and a direct connection to the user and for the users provide a wide range of apps and affordable or almost free features.

Also, writing applications by the developers becomes easy with the HTML5 since apps are provided with more features, improved technologies and many more through the new and enhanced versions pf the HTML language.
Ritvica Paruthi
Student Of Amity | FireFox Student Ambassador

Mozilla accuses Microsoft by Mukul Rastogi

Mozilla accuses Microsoft of 'throwing away' user choice in Windows 10
Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, is not happy about the Windows 10 upgrade process.
Mozilla, the organization behind the Firefox program, is not glad about the Windows 10 overhaul process.

Mozilla has reprimanded Microsoft for pushing its new Edge program on clients changing to Windows 10, paying little mind to their past decisions, and for making default application settings "not so much evident but rather more troublesome" than some time recently.

While numerous client settings continue to Windows 10 when updating, those utilizing the "express" introduce choice will have their decisions of default applications overridden with Microsoft's own offerings (for instance Edge for skimming and Groove for music).

Clients who need to keep their old settings must select the (little) custom settings catch when introducing Windows 10, and afterward amid a screen that clarifies some of Microsoft’s new applications, must snap a connection (which is blue content on a blue foundation) that says "let me pick my default applications".

Mozilla, which makes the Firefox program, says this is a "forceful move" against client decision, with CEO Chris Beard likewise bringing up in a blog entry that the procedure for setting your default inclinations once more is confounding and obliges twice the same number of snaps as it used to.

In past variants of Windows, opening up a non-default application would incite a dialog box giving clients the alternative to make it the new default. In Windows 10, the dialog box opens the framework settings page where the client must select their inclination from a rundown of projects.

Facial hair likewise drafted a public statement to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, approaching him to consider the messages his organization is sending with the change.

"These progressions aren't unsettling to us on the grounds that we're the association that makes Firefox", Beard says.

"They are unsettling on the grounds that there are a great many clients who love Windows and who are having their decisions overlooked, and due to the expanded unpredictability put into everybody's way if and when they decide to settle on a decision not quite the same as what Microsoft lean towards".

For aficionados of Firefox who had their inclination overridden amid the Windows 10 overhaul, Mozilla posted an aide and a feature demonstrating the new process for setting defaults.

Identifying with CNET, a Microsoft representative rejected the thought its overhaul procedure restricted decision, yet said the organization was interested in making conformities if clients were vexed.

"We outlined Windows 10 to give a straightforward redesign experience to clients and a firm affair taking after the update," the representative said.

"Likewise with all parts of the item, we have planned Windows 10 as an administration; on the off chance that we gain from client encounter that there are approaches to make changes, we will do as such."
 Mukul Rastogi
Student Of Amity | FireFox Student Ambassador

Friday 14 August 2015

A blog about Blogs By Suparna Havelia

An Overview
Blogging is a timeless art that has been kept alive by budding authors and avid readers, of all ages and with varied interests. With several ongoing cries about blogging slowly dying out, we present a blog with brevity about some of the most sought-after blogging platforms for creative writers and developers on the internet today.

* Ghost: Ghost is a public website owned by a NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION - The Ghost Foundation-developed by a large group of developers who come together, work diligently, harmoniously and effectively to create a free platform for everyone. It's for the community, of the community and by the community. As Tumblr and WordPress encumber ambitious developers from customising their personal space on the internet, Ghost offers a window just to fulfil their needs.

* LifeType: By following the WYSIWYG protocol, it delivers fine blogging and editing tools for illustrating word-art, by adding audio and visual aids, to make one's writing more interactive and indulging. With an array of templates available for use, one can give an aesthetic appeal to one's blog. For on-the-go bloggers , they also offer a mobile app, at the user's personal convenience.

* b2evolution: Who wants a more affable site than the wonderfully-attractive platform offered by b2evolution? One can author blogs, exchange private messages with their readers and post photo-albums to-go with their work. Create a professional blog and embed several other sites on your homepage, for the users to navigate from a point to another.

* WordPress: "Dude, your work is so powerful! Why do you insist on keeping it to yourself when you can WordPress it?"- Isn't this a familiar statement to you? WordPress is a highly sought after blogging platform for people with diversified tastes and writing styles. It is frequented by tens of millions of people every day and provides a vast platform for bloggers to propagate and profess this artful talent.

By-Suparna Havelia

Wednesday 12 August 2015

Open Source Technologies By Harsh Jain

At Mozilla, we are all about Open Source Technologies and urging people to get involved with the latest Open Source Technologies that have been consistent with making our lives easier, better and more efficient with the changing times.
Let us browse through this list of upcoming Open Source technologies that will definitely break each and every boundary in 2015.
ClamAV – is an open source antivirus engine that is absolutely foolproof for detecting trojans, viruses, malware & other malicious threats. It was initially developed for Unix but also has many third-party versions available for AIX, BSD, Linux, OS X and Solaris. It includes a number of utilities like, a command-line scanner, automatic database updater and a scalable multi-threaded daemon.
Celestia – is a state of the art space exploration tool which enables the user to explore the universe, in all its majesty, in three dimensions. The program, created by Chris Laurel, is designed on the basis of the Hipparcos Catalogue and allows the user to travel through the universe, controlling the speed, direction and any timeline in the history of the Universe.
Ghost – is a free Open Source Blogging Platform, founded by John O’Nolan, it makes blogging and online publishing a cakewalk. It was made available to the masses on October 14, 2013 via GitHub. Owing to its user interface this blogging platform is quickly gaining popularity and it might as well be the best blogging platform of 2015.
ARDOUR - the father of the most sought-after audio workstation Paul Davis developed an open source software, available on Linux, OS X and FREEBSD, for our very own personal and professional audio production. It's a free software, which comes complete with hardware and software support. All data is mixed and maintained internally in 32-but floating point format.
Code::Blocks - is a free, open-source cross platform IDE that supports multiple compilers including GCC, Clang and Visual C++. A plug-in system is included to support other platforms. It supports font and font-size selection and personalized syntax highlighting colors, which makes it attractive and graphically appealing.
Apache Hadoop – written in Java, it is an Open Source software framework stores and processes large of distributed data sets on computer clusters. It consists of two parts, storage and processing. Files are split into blocks and are distributed amongst the respective clusters. Data mining is a very important and prominent aspect of the tech world, it is absolutely necessary to be able to analyze data in an efficient and optimized manner.
FireFTP - is a free, open source cross platform FTP client for Firefox in the form of an add-on. It supports FTP, FTPS and SFTP. It's available in over 20 languages and hence has a heavy usage all over the world. Its platform base is Windows, OS X and Linux.
LibreOffice - is a free and open source office suite, developed by The Document Foundation. The various applications offered by the suite include: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. It is quite synonymous with Microsoft Office and largely in use.
By- Harsh Jain

Sunday 9 August 2015

Chrome vs. Firefox By Drishti Kajal

Chrome vs. Firefox

Back in the day, web browsers didn't mean quite as much. Now they are an integral part of our lives. While we could just go with the system default back in the day, now passionate users support their browsers as fervently as their operating systems.

Chrome Is More Polished, Firefox Is More Customizable

Firefox, though, still beats it in level of customization. It may be a little slower and clunkier, but with things like about:config you can really tweak every tiny corner to your heart's content , which is pretty killer. It may not have as many big features, but the features it does have you can configure to the tiniest detail. And if you're a person that likes things just so, that's hard to give up.
Firefox Offers Better Privacy
Google put a lot of work into making Chrome look nice and feel more polished than your average browser. As a result, you get a great experience out of the box. Firefox, on the other hand, offers a lot of control over how it looks and operates. While many people made this argument, our own Whitson Gordon summed it up most concisely:
Chrome is a much more polished browser. It's smoother, it feels faster, and it's got a lot of cool extra features like application shortcuts and packaged apps. It is, without a doubt, the browser I'd recommend to most people, and it feels like a more mature browser despite the fact that it's older.
Chrome has a lot of extensions, but some users feel Firefox has better, more capable ones. Reader missed falls into this camp:
Firefox wins on extensions, privacy and security. Chrome wins on simplicity and smoothness. However FF is working on both simplicity (australis) and smoothness (electrolysis) for next year. That said, they are more equal then many realize. FF favors the power user with many tabs and extensions. Chrome favors the average user with only a couple of tabs open and no extensions.
While others still look at Chrome very much as a browser for power users as well, Firefox (as noted earlier) offers more fine-grain control.
According to reader misdeem, Firefox wins on both user privacy and security. Let's start with the privacy argument:
FF does not make money of user data. They go to such pains to protect their users that I think seeing how both Chrome and FF are both good browsers, this issue alone should be enough to drive people into Mozilla's arms.
And now, security:
I think that out of the box Chrome is likely to be very slightly more secure then FF due to its sandboxing model (which is why Chrome is also worse in memory usage). That said, FF's security extensions are so powerful that overall I think FF is superior in this category. Adblock plus, No Script, Ghostery, pdf.js and soon Shumway will lock your browser down like Fort Knox. But for inexperienced users who don't want to customize there can be slight benefits to using Chrome.
Furthermore, Chrome has an insecure password manager and you should use a third-party option instead. Overall, it's hard to argue against these points. Google does have something to gain by collecting data about you whereas Firefox does not—on the surface, at least. With third-party extensions—which Mozilla doesn't intend to lock down to prevent installations from outside of their own site—you can do a lot more to stay secure. If either of these things matter to you greatly, you may prefer Firefox.

By:- Drishti Kajal
Student of Amity | FireFox Student Ambassador

FireFox Technology By Utkarsh Awasthi

                                                   Firefox technology

Mozilla Firefox is an open source, cross platform, graphical web browser that  was developed by the Mozilla Corporation ltd. The Firefox has many unique qualities, some of which are: an integrated pop-up blocker, tabbed browsing, live bookmarks, support for open standards, and a mechanism extension for adding better functionality to it. The browser has a number of other  features which eases users to find accurate information. To begin with, it has a find as you type feature, also has also got a built-in search toolbar .one can customize Firefox through extensions of different kind.  Such Extensions activate new features. Also they can be easily updated through the Mozilla Update website and other places. Firefox also supports skins, which change the appearance. Firefox is multi-platform. It can be used on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Operating Systems. The tech can also be used on a USB Flash Drive with a its Portable Version. Firefox became the first such browser t With over 26 million downloads in the 99 days after the initial 1.0 release, it became one of the most downloaded free and open source applications, especially among the users at home. On October 19, 2005, Firefox had its 100 millionth download, just 344 days after the release of version 1.0. Firefox 1.5 was released on November 28, 2005, with more than 2 million downloads within the first 35 hours on release. On March 21, 2006, Mozilla released the first alpha version of Firefox 2.0 with the name Bon Echo Alpha 1, with all Firefox branding, removed to discourage end-users from downloading it.

Thus the firefox techonolgy is something great and unique.

Utkarsh Awasthi 
Student of ASET | FireFox Student Ambassador

Firefox Brower at a Glimpse by Anand Gupta

Firefox Browser:

People who are used to using one type of Internet browser may be reluctant to trying another brand, even when people claim the wonders of one over the others. While programs like Internet Explorer® serve many people well, some users may want to consider Firefox® if they have dealt with certain issues, like security breaches and download problems, in the past. Each browser software has its own pros and cons, but Firefox® is often considered to be among the fastest and safest available. It does have disadvantages, however, including compatibility and memory issues.
  • Speed — Firefox® is reported to be the fastest browser when it comes to download speed. Not only do programs and files download faster, but users get a record of all their downloads in the form of a table, so they can erase or move them at their convenience.

  • Security — This browser has some advanced security measures that help protect a computer from spyware and even certain viruses. It also comes with a state-of-the-artpopup blocker that stops almost 100% of popups.

  • Tabbed browsing and other advanced features — Tabbed browsing allows the user to open an unlimited number of pages in a single window, thus helping to organize browsing. Firefox® also has an embedded memory, which means if the computer is turned off by mistake, the browser will remember which sites were open and offer to restore the previous session

Firefox OS:
Firefox OS (codenamed Boot2Gecko or B2G) is a mobile operating system based on Linux and Mozilla’s Gecko technology. It is built upon open web standards like HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.
Mozilla has developed Web APIs so that HTML5 apps can communicate with the device’s hardware, which was only possible for native apps until now, e.g. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Camera, etc.
Mozilla Foundation has always worked to make the Web more accessible to everyone, and apart from Firefox OS, there are other tools such as the Firefox Browser, Firefox Marketplace, etc. However, some critics report that it a Mozilla tactic to reach a bigger mobile audience in order to level up to its primary competitor, Chrome.
 Built entirely using HTML5 and other open Web standards, Firefox OS is free from the rules and restrictions of existing proprietary platforms.” – Mozilla
Firefox OS is different – you can think of it as something more than a browserrunning on a very lightweight Linux-based operating system. Every app in Firefox OS including the Camera and the Dialer is a web app, i.e. a website in the form of an app. Simple!
Android is the inspiration for the user interface of Firefox OS. Hence, it has a lock screen, home screen and notification bar. However, there are some changes as compared to Android. The home screen shows a background image (along with the time and date) and has no support for widgets for now.
Sliding right on the home screen shows the list of installed apps; there is no dedicated icon to open the app drawer like on other mobile OS. Sliding left on the home screen shows the list of app categories, which when clicked, shows installed and suggested apps in the chosen category.
Firefox OS, powered by Gecko engine, runs only websites in the form of apps, known as web apps. These apps are built using HTML, the same technology that powers the Web. These web apps will run on many operating systems in addition to Firefox OS. Every operating system (including Android and Windows 8) that runs Firefox browser will be able to run these web apps distributed through Firefox Marketplace.
Web apps will come in two forms for Firefox OS: hosted apps and packaged apps. Hosted apps will be hosted on Mozilla’s server and will be downloaded and loaded each time you access them, i.e., they are quite like web pages instead of apps, and they will not run if data connection fails.
Packaged apps will be downloaded once in the form of a compressed package and will be loaded from the local source each time you access them, i.e., they are quite alike apps on other operating systems. This is possible due to the local storage and cache features of HTML5 language.
Devices currently supporting Firefox OS:
Mozilla has released two phones with Firefox OS but so far they are only available for developers:
  1. Keon by Geeksphone
  2. Peak by Geeksphone
Firefox OS can be built and installed on some other compatible devices too. Check the guide for installing Firefox OS on a compatible device. It is even reported that Firefox OS can be dual-booted with Android on the Samsung Galaxy S2.
Some of the devices supporting Firefox OS are:
  1. Unagi
  2. Otoro
  3. Pandaboard
  4. Samsung Galaxy S
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4G
  6. Samsung Galaxy S2
  7. Samsung Galaxy Nexus
By:- Anand Gupta
Student of ASET,Noida | FireFox Student Ambassador

Saturday 8 August 2015

Mozignite Event Report

Mozilla Corporation is a non- profit organization that believes web is a resource and an indispensible component of human lives. It is a community of technologists that believe in openness, innovation and opportunity on web for anyone and everyone. Mozilla in order to spread the awareness about open web and to improve the experience on web for people started Student Ambassador Program in which ambassadors lead campaigns and projects at their colleges and in their communities so as to contribute to this organization.
On 22 January ’15, a small group of students organized an awareness event MOZIGNITE about Mozilla Firefox at 3:40 PM in E3-305 at Amity University,Noida .The event was kick started with video presentation wherein we enlightened the participants about the birth of Firefox. The group got into an engaging discussion about the logo of Firefox. The ambassadors informed students about the concept of open web, Mozilla philosophy and ideology and patiently answered the various queries of the participants. Even though the timings were odd and there were many obstacles ,the ambassadors successfully organized the event and even had a footfall of more than 40 students from various different branches considering this was the first event and was organized in a matter of few days.
The video presentations were followed by a small competition consisting of two rounds. The first round tested the knowledge of the participants about the various major IT firms around the globe. The top six scorers qualified for the next round that involved pitching. For pitching the contestants were given 10 minutes for brainstorming and then called before the judges to pitch their ideas in a minute. The judge panel consisted of Mr.Arun Prakash Agarwal and Mr. Ankur Chaudhary. They grilled the contestants by asking various questions after their pitch and gave the result on the basis of their ideas and its feasibility and their oration skills .

In the end two students were announced as winners , Shrey Saxena was awarded for giving the Best Pitch and Adarsh Mishra won for having the Best Idea. The winners were given 4GB Scan Disk pendrives as winning prize

Friday 7 August 2015

The Flame and Firefox OS By Vatsal Singh

The Flame and Firefox OS

The Flame device is the official reference devise for creating, testing, and troubleshooting Firefox OS and open web applications. This aide gives essential data about its equipment determinations and in addition common documentation particular exploring different avenues regarding, producing for, and testing of programming perfect with this telephone. The Flame equipment offers an agent set of specs — including FWVGA presentation and double centre processor — to help engineers manufacture extraordinary substance and encounters. A solitary equipment stage is likewise useful for analyzers, making it less demanding to test and location particular programming issues without needing to stress over gadget model-particular bugs, and so forth. However the most striking component of the framework being the center advances that have been included in the venture improvement of OS, the beginning improvement works include three noteworthy programming technologies:
  • Gonk – platform denomination for a combination of the Linux kernel and the HAL from Android.
  • Gecko – the web browser engine and application run-time service layer.
  • Gaia – an HTML5 layer and user-interface system.
Gonk consists of a Linux kernel and user-space hardware abstraction layer (HAL). The kernel and several user-space libraries are common open-source projects:
Linux, libusbBlueZ, etc. Some other parts of the HAL are shared with the Android project: GPS, camera, among others. Gonk is basically an extremely simple Linux distribution and is therefore from Gecko's perspective, simply a porting target of Gecko; there is a port of Gecko to Gonk, just like there is a port of Gecko to OS X, and a port of Gecko to Android. However, since the development team have full control over Gonk, the developers can fully expose all the features and interfaces required for comprehensive mobile platforms such as Gecko, but which aren't currently possible to access on other mobile OSes. For example, using Gonk, Gecko can obtain direct access to the full telephony stack and display framebuffer, but doesn't have this access on any other OS.
Gecko is the web browser engine of Firefox OS. Gecko implements open standards for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Gecko includes a networking stack, graphics stack, layout engine, virtual machine (for JavaScript), and porting layers.
Gecko is the web browser engine of Firefox OS. Gecko implements open standards for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Gecko includes a networking stack, graphics stack, layout engine, virtual machine (for JavaScript), and porting layers.
Gaia is the user interface of Firefox OS and controls everything drawn to screen. Gaia includes by default implementations of a lock screen, home screen, telephone dialler and contacts application, text-messaging application, camera application and a gallery support, plus the classic phone apps: mail, calendar, calculator and marketplace. Gaia is written entirely in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It interfaces with the operating system through Open Web APIs, which are implemented by Gecko. Because it uses only standard web APIs, it can work on other OSes and other web-browsers.
Vatsal Singh
Student of Amity | Firefox Student Ambassadors

Tabbed Browsing And Mozilla Firefox by Divi Oberoi

Despite the fact that both web browser usage and the web itself have changed immensely since inception, there have been very few significant changes to the user interface of mainstream web browsers. A user familiar with the browsers of the mid-1990s would likely have no trouble using the latest versions of today's most popular browsers, one of them being Mozilla Firefox. The main navigation mechanisms—hyperlinks, the back and forward buttons, the URL bar, bookmarks, and the history—have remained almost unchanged for more than 14 years. One exception is the inclusion of tabbed browsing—which allows multiple web pages to be open concurrently under a single top-level browser window, each page in its own “tab”—as a standard part of the browser interface. According to estimates, 50% of people now use a browser that supports tabbed browsing. This figure is expected to continue to increase. During the same time period, there has been a rise in the usage of web-based applications. As a result, web browsing is ceasing to become the only task that people perform using a browser. Rather, the browser is becoming an alternative interface for many traditional computing tasks. The growing popularity of tabbed browsing may reflect the desire of browser users to have better ways of managing the increasing complexity of their activities on the web. Problems with Tabs While tabs are intended to make it easier for users to organize and manage web browsing sessions, they also introduce some potential problems. First, tabs are another organization and task management system that is completely separate from the mechanisms provided by the operating system. For example, in Microsoft Windows, one can use the taskbar to switch between open applications, but only the currently active tab in a browser window will show up in the taskbar. Similarly, on Mac OS X, the Exposé feature allows the user to quickly see a thumbnail image of all open windows, but this will not include any inactive tabs in Mozilla Firefox windows. Another potential problem with tabbed browsing is that it interferes with the use of the back button. Studies have consistently found that the back button is the second most commonly used navigation mechanism behind clicking on hyperlinks. The use of multiple tabs complicates the use of the back button, because each tab has its own history stack. Even if a tab was opened by clicking on a link, the back button will not take you back to the originating page, because it is in another tab. Finally, tabbed browsing adds another level of complexity to the Mozilla Firefox interface. Tabs add more visual clutter to the user interface, and like managing applications and windows, tab management becomes another necessary task that distracts from the ultimate goal at hand.
Despite these issues, tabs seem to be a very popular feature among Mozilla Firefox users. During preliminary investigations, we found that many people find tabs to be an indispensable feature. Perhaps the issues we described do not actually create significant problems for users, or maybe the advantages of using tabs simply outweigh the negatives. Given the increasing reliance on the Mozilla Firefox as the interface to more of our computing applications, it is important that we understand the usefulness of tabs, in order to guide the design of future Mozilla Firefox interfaces by appropriate usage data. 
Divi Oberoi
Student of Amity | Firefox Student Ambassador

Tuesday 4 August 2015



Firefox on Windows 10's configuration is like the UI on different stages.

Mozilla arranges to introduce the Windows 10 form of its Firefox program in August or September, and is now demonstrating what the new program will resemble.

The open-source engineer uncovered recently that it had turned around course and would create a program for Microsoft's new working framework, which touches base on July 29. Mozilla had deserted that thought a year ago.

Inciting the change of heart: Windows 10's express setup changes past program defaults to Microsoft's own particular Edge amid a redesign, as per distributed archives. That, as indicated by Mozilla authorities, could posture issues for Firefox, which has seen its piece of the pie cut down the middle throughout the last couple of years. It now represents around 12% of programs being used.

"More than 70% of our client base will be qualified for the free Windows 10 redesign on desktop," Mozilla said. "After the overhaul happens, clients will be presented to informing urging them to change to the Edge program. This represents a maintenance risk for Firefox. ...Moving up to Windows 10 will make change/erosion. We ought to influence that minute to put Firefox top of brain."

This is what Mozilla imagines:

•           Launching the new program not long after Windows 10 arrives. As per freely posted data, Mozilla wants to bolster Windows 10 with either Firefox 40 or 41. Firefox 40 is situated to transport on Aug. 11, Firefox 41, on Sept. 21. The best wager is that Firefox 40,which will have real plan changes and upgrades, will be prepared for Windows 10.

•           The engineer not long ago distributed configuration details for the Firefox UI on Windows 10. That look is like current Firefox releases on different stages, including Windows 8 and OS X, and, similar to Edge, will offer "light" and "dull" topics to coordinate the working framework's choices.

•           Mozilla's fundamental objective - "engagement" - will be to "hold Firefox clients who move up to Windows 10," while additionally competing to "procure IE and Edge clients." In another arranging piece posted by Mozilla, the engineer illustrated the messages it will convey to clients, and along these lines the explanations for the Windows 10 undertaking itself.