Mozilla sets plan to dump Firefox add-ons, move to Chrome-like extensions

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The new WebExtensions API for Mozilla’s Firefox will make it easier for developers to adjust add-ons for Chrome to work with Firefox. The changes, however, will not be applicable to developers that will be using the newer Jetpack SDK to develop add-ons, as long as the creation of the extensions are confined within Jetpack and does not use any lower-level APIs. Beginning with the release of Firefox 42, the extensions created by developers will also be first reviewed and then signed by Mozilla before they are deployed.

 

 

  • While the technologies allowed Firefox to be written mostly in JavaScript and made sure that developers would be able to access most of the underlying features of Firefox, they added levels of complexity.
  • Mozilla, however, hopes that the adoption of the WebExtensions API will lead to faster reviews for add-ons, with the company looking to decrease the review time for add-ons to be released to the public to only five days.
  • Named the Electrolysis project, the feature will be default enabled in the first beta release of Firefox 43. It will cause incompatibilities with certain add-ons though, so developers are being urged to test their codes in preparation for the change.

 

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