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.
- 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.