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Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17 152

An anonymous reader writes "Last week, Mozilla announced it will prompt Firefox users on Windows with old versions of Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Microsoft Silverlight to update their plugins, but refused to detail how the system will work. Now, the organization has unveiled 'click-to-play plugin blocks,' which will be on by default in Firefox 17, starting with the three aforementioned plugins. (Expect more to be added eventually.) Furthermore, you can try out the feature for yourself now in Firefox 17 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux." Also coming in Firefox 17 is support for Mozilla's "Social API." The announcement describes it thus: "Much like the OpenSearch standard, the Social API enables developers to integrate social services into the browser in a way that is meaningful and helpful to users. As services integrate with Firefox via the Social API sidebar, it will be easy for you to keep up with friends and family anywhere you go on the Web without having to open a new Web page or switch between tabs. You can stay connected to your favorite social network even while you are surfing the Web, watching a video or playing a game."
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Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17

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  • Re:how long (Score:5, Interesting)

    by AuMatar ( 183847 ) on Friday October 12, 2012 @02:56PM (#41634197)

    Switch to SeaMonkey. They have the same renderer, don't change their UI every week, and actually seems to use less memory.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 12, 2012 @03:06PM (#41634307)

    Actually this is a good thing. The new api that the plugins use do not break during each release.

    I just started warming up to Firefox recently. After I submitted the story last spring of FF using the least amount of memory I gave it another whirl. It is much faster, it no longer nags you, flash is now sandboxed, and it gets faster during each release.

    With 5.0 I agree. I actually went back to IE 9 which was a decent browser back in 2011 believe it or not contrary to popular belief on slashdot. I found Chrome too lacking with features and minimalistic.

    But FF is much improved and they already patched the 16 bug. 16.01 is out starting last last night.

  • by petsounds ( 593538 ) on Saturday October 13, 2012 @02:18AM (#41639655)

    The Firefox team is off the rails. In fact, the whole Mozilla Foundation has lost its way. First they basically abandon Thunderbird for no reason, and now they're bolting on entire social media interfaces. Commercial, closed-source ones at that. All because their egos make them want to stay with the big boys, instead of innovating, instead of just trying to be the best browser.

    If there was a fast, secure, standards-compliant browser that was compatible with the Firefox plugin architecture, I'd jump in a second.

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