The impact of Mozilla's decision to depreciate SHA-1 at the start of 2016 with the release of Firefox 43 turned out to be larger than it anticipated. As a result, Mozilla hastily released an update on Wednesday that re-enabled support for SHA-1 certificates.
Mozilla yesterday moved Firefox 43 into the stable channel, releasing it for use to the general public. The biggest highlight is probably the release of the 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows.
Microsoft's Edge browser has continued to shed market share in the last few months, though the imminent arrival of support for extensions may halt the slide.
Enterprises that recommend workers use Firefox for their PCs can now access that browser on iOS devices. Mozilla released a mobile version of its Firefox browser for Apple smartphones and tablets this week.
The Federal Communications Commission on Friday dismissed a petition from rights group Consumer Watchdog to compel the likes of Google, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn to honor "Do Not Track" requests from consumers.
Microsoft is considering bringing the end-of-life date for the SHA-1 cryptographic algorithm on its browser forward by half a year to June 2016, according to Kyle Pflug, a program manager of the Microsoft Edge team.
Mozilla this week released a new version of its Firefox browser that promises to deliver genuine private browsing. Called "Tracking Protection," the new feature in Firefox 42 will fend off attempts by analytics trackers, ad networks and social media widgets that track users even when they enable private browsing on their browser of choice.
Firefox will no longer support most NSAPI plug-ins by the end of 2016, announced Mozilla in a blog post, as part of its strategy for disabling support for legacy plug-ins. The only exception will be Adobe Flash, though Mozilla will specifically work with Adobe to help ensure that the Flash experience is one that is stable and secure.x
While Microsoft Edge saw a temporary boost with the launch of Windows 10 in July, its share of the browser market has slipped back down to around 12 percent, according to a new report from Quantcast.
Firefox 41 for the desktop is now available, and offers a new native messaging capability called Firefox Hello. Since most businesses already have preferred video conferencing and IM tools, it's unlikely to make much headway in the enterprise.