Which Firefox features would you like to see removed and which polished?

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Mozilla published a blog post about a week ago on the official blog of the organization which was entitled “what to look forward to from Firefox”. The article was rather disappointing from a user point of view as it revealed nothing but fluff at that point.

In it, Mozilla revealed the three pillars of its strategy namely uncompromised quality, best of the web and uniquely Firefox. While that may have made an interesting post, virtually no information were revealed about those pillars in the post.

This left users puzzled as to why this was posted in first place due to the lack of information about each of the pillars. On Monday, Dave Camp posted to the Mozilla Developer Mailing List in which he revealed information that were missing in the original post.

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Uncompromised quality refers to a new initiative inside Mozilla that the devs call internally Great or Dead. Basically,what it means is that Mozilla will look at features of Firefox and decide whether to keep them, update them to give them enough polish, or remove them from the browser.

Every feature in the browser should be polished, functional, and a joy to use. Where we can’t get it to that state, we shouldn’t do it at all. In some cases that will mean spending time to make it great. In other cases that will mean removing code that we don’t see ourselves improving any time soon. In other cases it will mean finding third party services or addons that can do the job better than we can. We are putting together a list of the features that need this sort of review. We’ll be asking for help maintaining that list, reviewing the features, and getting them where they need to be.

Mozilla used a similar strategy in the past when it came to the removal of features that were later on offered as add-ons again created by third-party developers.

The only feature that Dave Camp mentioned is e10s which he calls “a big project” that Mozilla needs to get right.

Best of the Web is about Firefox’s development community and partners

We intend to spend some significant effort making addons even more awesome by improving security and performance for users and a building a better API that increases x-platform compatibility for addon authors and partners.

Camp talks openly about the Pocket integration in Firefox and admits that the way the code was integrated in Firefox was not optimal and that integration as an add-on would have made more sense.

Uniquely Firefox finally is about giving users back control of the browser and the Web. Camp mentions an update to the browser’s private browsing mode that is coming soon. He does not mention what it is in the post but we do know it already: Mozilla plans to integrate the new tracking protection feature in private browsing.

So new feature work is going to revolve around giving users the control to shape their web. We’re going to start with one area where people really want more control – online privacy. You’ll start to see the first stab at  this – an improved Private Browsing mode – land shortly in Firefox.

Things will change and while that is not necessarily a bad thing, it remains to be seen what Mozilla plans to remove, keep or polish. This is a big chance for the organization to win back the favor of disillusioned users of the web browser who saw loved features go and features they had not use for being integrated natively in the browser.

There is a vocal user base that wants to see recently added features such as Firefox Hello, Pocket or the New Tab page modifications removed again. This however is unlikely, especially since the three pillar graphic shows some of them.

The worst case scenario for those users is the removal of features that were part of Firefox for a long time leaving it to the add-on community to reintroduce them again in the web browser.

Now You: What are your thoughts on this?


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Which Firefox features would you like to see removed and which polished?


Martin Brinkmann


Mozilla announced an upcoming change in strategy which it called the three pillars of Firefox. We take a closer look and ask you what you think of the announcement.

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