Windows XP Users To Continue Receiving Firefox Support

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Even as several other firms have back-tracked on providing support for their product citing lack of users in the aging Windows XP operating system, Mozilla has pledged to continue support for the Firefox web browser. According to the recent confirmation, Mozilla has told its users not to worry, as there is no intention to cut off support for FireFox in the near future.

Even after the end-of-support deadline from Microsoft for Windows XP in April 2014, scores of users refuse to upgrade to a modern platform. Even after loads of campaigning from the part of Microsoft, claiming that Windows XP is at six times more risk than any other operating system and this ratio will only increase, as hardcore Windows XP users continue to use the out-dated system.

With a soft corner for Windows XP and the aging user-base, Mozilla support pledged application support in hopes of attracting customers and reducing security risks. For those users, who do not find an urgent need to migrate to a new operating system, the statement from Johnathan Nightingale, vice president of Firefox would be like music to the ears since; he said, “We have no plans to discontinue support for our XP users.”

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Considering that Mozilla is well aware of the fact that millions of users are still on Windows XP, it comes as no surprise that it will continue support to the aging operating system, even after Microsoft itself has pulled the plug on it. As Microsoft had warned, it stopped all support services after the deadline ended. What Microsoft did not predict was how many users would refuse to upgrade to a better system. It might not be a surprise if there were some frustration at Microsoft’s end because its rivals chose not to follow its suit.

Apart from Mozilla support, Google has also announced a similar decision, stating it will continue support for its Chrome web browser on Windows XP. However, this extended support will be available for only one more year past the deadline. Thus, even if Microsoft is trying its level best to dissuade users from using the old Windows operating system, its rivals are following the exact opposite policy.

According to the latest statistics, Windows XP users have declined in number, but XP has not come anywhere close to extinction. If you extrapolate the graph, it becomes obvious that Windows XP will not die out in the year 2014.

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Mozilla Decides To Compete Google's Chromecast

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Mozilla Experimenting New Technology

As you know, Google Chromecast allows you to turn your HDMI supported Television set into a smart television that can be controlled by your Android Smartphone. Google was the first one to diverge from the “set-top box” technology that is pursued by both Microsoft and Apple. It seems free software community, Mozilla, is also jumping in on the latest developments.

One of Mozilla’s software developer shared an interesting picture of a Nexus 4 Smartphone beaming a Firefox tab on to a TV lying across the room, which created all the hoopla. This image, shared in Google+, quickly made rounds in various online communities. Finally, Mozilla, which had earlier restricted itself to the Firefox web browser alone, was forced into agreeing that it was working on “second screen support” for a number of devices.

Although they have not mentioned any more details about the technology, or mentioned Googles’ Chromecast, it is pretty obvious that this product will be in direct competition with it. However, don’t get your hopes up yet! Firefox did reveal that this will be a software-only solution and will not feature any sort of hardware device that can be connected. On the contrary, this technology, codenamed Firefox Magic, is happening using the aid of Roku box. Although, fairly expensive in comparison to Chromecast, it has been successful and is fairly common in most households.

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There are several other differences between Chromecast and Firefox Magic. For starters, Firefox “experiment” is able to achieve full tab mirroring in comparison to Chromecast that is only capable of Tab casting from a desktop PC over local WiFi. Rumours are, WebRTC layer, which was just added to the mobile app a few weeks ago, is achieving this technology. Mozilla is extremely tight-lipped about whether the experimental technology would require an internet connection or not.

Back in July, Google Chromecast was extremely successful. Priced at a mere $35, it was sold out on Amazon in just a few hours and was available for download weeks prior, in the Google Play Store. According to Mozilla Firefox support, unlike Google, Firefox would not have the means to roll out hardware device, and will hence be resorting to a software solution.

Only time can tell how successful Mozilla Magic is going to become. More excitement is abuzz since Firefox has recently released a low-priced Smartphone that is supposedly truly open-source. Taking a jab at Google, Mozilla revealed that this phone will be the first “true” open source telephone in the market. Contact Mozilla Firefox support to learn more about the latest events.

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Procedure To Create A Mozilla Firefox Start Page

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Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular web browsers in the world. It is totally free and open source and you can use this quality internet web browser as an alternative to other web browsers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, etc. When you launch this web browser, it usual opens to the default home page, which unlike most browsers is a special page known as ‘Firefox Start’ page consisting of a Google search engine. In case you wish to open the web browser to a different search engine or a different default home page, then you can easily do it by altering the settings or customizing your home page. You can set multiple pages on different tabs or even set a blank page, whatever you prefer. Here are the Mozilla support instructions to help you out with the process:

Mozilla support instructions you should follow:

Setting a Start Page

  • First, you need to launch Mozilla Firefox.
  • Then you need to type in the website address you wish to set as your start page in the address bar and then press ‘Enter’ key on your keyboard.
  • Then, you need to click on the icon for the web page at the left end of the address bar
  • Thereafter, you need to hold the mouse down and drag the item into the ‘Home’ icon located on the Firefox toolbar.
  • Then, you need to click on the ‘Yes’ button when prompted whether you want to set the site as your home page.

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Setting Multiple Start Pages

  • Open Firefox. Launch as many tabs as you want to set for your start page. This can be done by clicking on the ‘Open a New Tab’ button to the right of the original tab or you can use the keyboard keys ‘Ctrl + T’ for opening the tabs.
  • Subsequently, you need to navigate to the web page you want to set for the next tab. Then you can repeat the same for each tab. This way, the pages you want to use as start pages are all open in different tabs in the same window.
  • Thereafter, go to ‘Tools’ menu and then select ‘Options’. Click on ‘General’ located at the top of the ‘Options’ dialog box.
  • Then you need to click ‘Use Current Pages’ button located beneath ‘When Firefox Starts’.
  • You can click on ‘OK’ for saving the changes and close the dialog box.

This is how you can set your home page and multiple pages in Mozilla Firefox.

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Mozilla Releases Firefox 32 With Improved SSL Security

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Mozilla is an open source consortium that works on providing open source software and technologies to users all around the world. One of the main products of Mozilla is Firefox web browser. The web browser is completely open source and the new version of the browser is rumored to sport some new security features and fixes. The new version of Firefox named as Firefox 32 is equipped to provide support for public key pinning, which enables enhanced security for Secure Sockets Layer certificate authenticity.

The senior engineering manager for security and privacy at Mozilla, Sid Stamm explained about the new  features of the Firefox 32 to the eWeek journal saying, “Key pinning allows site operators to specify which certificate authorities may issue valid certificates for them, rather than accepting any of the many CAs that are trusted. This helps reduce the chance that any CA compromise can be leveraged to issue for the site.” He also stated in the Mozilla Firefox support website about the new key pinning feature with the web browser. He stated that the new feature would help modern browsers to ensure the integrity and authenticity of SSL certificates.

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Mozilla has been for ages using a technology known as Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP). The technology verifies the authenticity of the certificates with the CA on the status of the given certificate. However, with the new features stacked with the web browser, it uses a new extension of the OCSP known as OCSP stapling for fast status checking of SSL certificates. In order to increase the security, the new Firefox 32 web browser removed about 1,024-bit trust certificates from the browser.

Stamm in his Mozilla Firefox support blog post stated saying, “1,024-bit RSA keys are no longer considered secure enough for root certificates, and we have phased them out in favor of stronger keys. The recent root removals are part of this move to stronger encryption in Firefox.” The company has also been taking a look on the vulnerabilities related memory related issues with the program. The company found some of the vulnerabilities and is now working hard to get rid of them.

Mozilla Firefox could be named as the single best open source web browser available in the market that provides the best web browsing experience for its customers.

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Use Mozilla App Manager For Debugging Your Firefox OS Apps

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              About Firefox OS Apps

You might have heard rumors about the Firefox operating system. Like the Google Chrome OS, it is yet to take off, which have not made any visible presence in the OS market so far. Firefox OS is meant for the smartphones and tablets and it is an open-source freeware like all the other software products from the Mozilla foundation. This open-source project has been going on for a few years now.

Mozilla started discussions with the open-source developer community way back in 2011. In a year’s time, the project was officially named as Firefox OS. You can find all the details about the different versions of this open-source OS at the Mozilla Firefox help website.

App Manager for the Firefox OS app developers

These days, availability of compatible apps is considered one of the basic criteria for selecting an operating system. As Firefox OS does not have a big user base like Google’s Android, many app developers have not come on board to develop compatible versions of the popular apps out there for the Firefox platform. On top of that, initially there was some dearth of good app developing and debugging tools available for the Firefox OS. But, this problem was quickly fixed and you can now easily find many such tools, which you can use to develop and test new apps for the Firefox OS. One such tool is App Manager.

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App Manager gives you the Firefox OS environment inside the app, where you can test your apps freely. You can make use of this simulator app and run the app in the deployment environment to see how it will work with the Firefox OS coding. The excellent debugging tools provided in this application will help you figure out the problems easily and fix them if required.

App Manager comes with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript support, which are most commonly used coding languages used for developing today’s apps. This developer tool is designed to run on any device. So, you can install this on your smartphone or a tablet, prick your brain wherever you are, and remove all the bugs and technical problems from the app you are developing. In fact, many such App Manager tools are available as add-ons, which you can run on your Mozilla Firefox browser as well.

For more information and download links for these app developer tools, contact our Mozilla Firefox help team today.

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