Firefox: Three resourceful innovations on the move

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Mozilla is currently preparing the release of three new experiments for Firefox TestPilot: The experiments Pulse, SnoozeTabs and Containers extend the functionality of Firefox and allow better feedback on Mozilla.

Four experimental features can be tested by Firefox users like the search engine Cliqz, the screenshot tool PageShot, Min Vid which keeps videos on YouTube and Vimeo always in the foreground and the Tab Center that loads open tabs into a sidebar. Three more experiments will be held this week: SnoozeTabs, Containers and Pulse.

The SnoozeTabs extension is based on the assumption that many people understand and keep tabs open until they become important or no longer relevant. SnoozeTabs pours this assumption into a concrete feature and allows it to lay tabs as long as they are not needed. In a menu, you can select how long a tab should rest, for example, for a few hours, until the next day, for a whole month or until a defined date.

When the set deadline is reached, the disused tab returns with an alert and special marking. It disappears from the tab bar and does not consume any precious space. On the other hand, it does not consume any resources.

Working environments for Firefox

The second experiment listens to the container name and has been part of Firefox for some time, but the feature has to be activated via a hidden switch in the settings (about: config> privacy.userContext.enabled). As a test pilot experiment, the containers should be tested more thoroughly and more extensively.

The idea behind the containers or environments, according to experts is that individual tabs can be assigned to different application purposes. For example, there is an environment for private and one for professional matters. All environments are strictly separated, so that, for example, active logins are not transferred. Which environments are available can be configured in the settings themselves.

Pulse fights against slow web pages

Pulse is a continuation of the completed Tracking Protection experiment which blocked Firefox Tracker and at the same time queried user feedback in order to address possible problems on websites for companies.

In the case of Pulse, however, it is not a matter of the pure functioning of websites, but their performance. If websites in Firefox are performing poorly, users can send feedback to Mozilla via Pulse.
The Firefox developers will learn about the Firefox version, which extensions are active and how many tabs are open. The collected feedback is intended to help developers find out which website types Firefox has to deal with and where there is potential for optimization.


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