Mozilla boosts add-on access for Firefox browser
Mozilla has launched a new website to make it easier for Firefox users to find add-ons for the open-source browser.
The new site, at https://addons.mozilla.org/, will offer a portal with quick access to install a range of free extensions and themes for users.
The portal offers user ranking so that add-ons can be viewed by popularity and an improved search to help users find the add-on they want more quickly.
There is also improved language support with Danish, English (US), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian and Spanish.
For developers, there is a range of tools, testing and support applications. The service has also been opened up to the general Mozilla community, which will get involved providing code review, usability testing and more.
‘This new website helps to encourage and manage the development of more great add-ons for Firefox, and enables users to customise their browsing experience to make Firefox their own,’ said Mike Shaver, director, Ecosystem Development. ‘The skills and knowledge of the Mozilla developer community will now be applied to the development, testing and support of add-ons. That means better add-ons for users, and more ways for businesses and organisations to integrate their services into Firefox.’
‘Mozilla’s team devoted substantial effort and design feedback to help Pronto deliver the Pronto Shopping Messenger, a highly customisable extension that allows users to get instant price comparison information for products in a more natural shopping experience,’ said Tim Ogilvie, VP of Business Development, Pronto.
Mozilla says that more than 7 million Firefox users already use add-ons to customise their browser. It is the latest battlefront in the browser wars: to win not only the hearts of users, but also the minds of developers.
Microsoft recently announced the results of its competition to build add-ons for Internet Explorer 7. Ironically, the winners were add-ons that mimicked those available in Firefox.