Microsoft has recently worked on a new internet browser called “Microsoft edge”, which provides more secure data, works on different types of devices, and it has more features that are successfully fulfilling the gap of the initial update.
In order to keep up with this huge change in Microsoft, Mozilla is planning to restructure the basic features in its Firefox web browser. This change is considered to be an enormous change to Firefox since it was first established in 2002.
Mozilla came to a decision this time after the recent offerings of Microsoft, who are raising the bar ahead on the development of what they’re calling “independent and high-performing alternative to the stock browser, which is Microsoft Edge.”
As Mozilla’s Head of Engineering Dave Camp mentioned, in note on the mailing list of the organization: Despite the fact that Firefox was built on web techniques, the organization is capable of doing a much better job. As the recent technology news claimed.
Trying to achieve the mission of Mozilla in keeping the internet alive and widely accessible, this change is going to make some noise.
The company has already published some stereotypes of the intended design and the direction that the team is taking through this journey of change. Chad Weiner, director of product management, further clarified in a conversation with VentureBeat:
“The design appears familiar because its goal is to provide a smooth transition for Firefox Windows users,” Weiner added. “We wanted to make sure that Firefox showed up on Windows 10 as a first-class experience, so we’ve made a lot of subtle tweaks to the look and feel that both sit well in the Windows 10 context and are definitively Firefox. We’re taking visual cues from style changes appearing in Windows 10 and we’re also reducing the overall browser UI footprint to increase space for viewing the Web. “
In order to achieve this change and trying to keep up with the competitors web browsers, Mozilla has built the browser with the XUL user interface language, which it has developed in order to fill the gap that the HTML language was missing at that time.
Based on what camp said, that the XUL hasn’t been really efficient in being a “web technique”, and that it has not received the attention that was required, which resulted into some issues and complications that were left neglected with the Geko Engine that Mozilla is using with Firefox.
Therefore, Mozilla is planning to move away from the XUL and the XBL languages, considering the fact that the negotiations on this subject are still new and going only internally. As camp said.
This transition, with Firefox is huge, if accomplished, could bring some enormous opportunities to the organization and its browser extensions. Camp has also stated that regarding this subject of future development and the “big questions” related to this change, might take some time to be answered.