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Skype now works also on Firefox after two years

Skype now works also on Firefox after two years

When the video conferencing trend kicked up last year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was no surprise that Microsoft would jump on the bandwagon as well. What was a bit surprising, however, was that it prioritized bringing its younger Teams platform up to snuff instead of promoting the video conferencing service it has had for years. In fact, some might have almost forgotten about Skype at this point, including Microsoft. Two years after launching its new Web app, Microsoft has finally made Skype work on Firefox, though not without what might be an unnecessary warning.

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Firefox Suggest puts contextual ads in the search bar

Firefox Suggest puts contextual ads in the search bar

As a non-profit organization, Mozilla has always had the problem of finding ways to keep the lights on. Like many Web companies, it tried to resort to some form of advertisement in order to bring in some revenue to support the development of Firefox, among other things. Those efforts never sat well with Firefox's more privacy-minded users, and some have either been removed or remained in seclusion. This latest attempt might fall by the wayside as well, but, at least for now, you can still turn off these Firefox search bar ads until it gets removed completely.

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Firefox Focus mobile privacy browser redesign adds shortcuts and dark theme

Firefox Focus mobile privacy browser redesign adds shortcuts and dark theme

Mozilla has announced a redesign for its Firefox Focus mobile privacy browser, retaining the same simple and private browsing experience while improving things a bit for those who use the product regularly. Among other things, Firefox Focus now features shortcuts, an arguably vital feature for a browser that aims to get users to their destinations as easily as possible.

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Firefox works around cumbersome Windows 11 default browser prompts

Firefox works around cumbersome Windows 11 default browser prompts

Microsoft is making security an indispensable pillar and marketing point for Windows 11 to the point that all eligible PCs are required to have TPM 2.0 present and enabled. Given Windows' image and recent security incidents in the past few years, that move isn't exactly surprising. Microsoft, however, might be taking things too far when it revamped Windows 11's system for setting default applications. Mozilla has apparently had enough and has implemented a one-click way to set Firefox as the default web browser on Windows 11 against Microsoft's envisioned policy.

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Firefox will block insecure downloads on HTTPS pages

Firefox will block insecure downloads on HTTPS pages

Slowly but surely, the Web has mostly moved to use secure HTTP or HTTPS as the default for browsing web pages. There are still a few exceptions, however, especially when talking about content that is downloaded via those supposedly secure web pages. It's no longer enough just to mark web pages as "secure" but also the resources that come from them. Starting next month, Mozilla will follow in Chrome's footsteps and will make Firefox block downloads on HTTPS pages that come from unsecured HTTP content.

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Firefox 90 drops FTP support completely for security reasons

Firefox 90 drops FTP support completely for security reasons

There was a time when you could do almost anything in a web browser or could at least install extensions to do what the browser natively can't. While the craze of turning browsers into Swiss Army knives has mellowed down a bit, there's still plenty of things you can do with the software that would normally require a separate app for the same task. Ironically, Firefox is moving in the opposite direction and is removing FTP functionality that has been a staple in web browsers for decades.

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Firefox 90 SmartBlock 2.0 lets you log in with Facebook in Incognito mode

Firefox 90 SmartBlock 2.0 lets you log in with Facebook in Incognito mode

The most basic kind of protection against tracking that web browsers offer is Private Browsing mode, a.k.a. Incognito Mode that often blocks third parties and even the browser itself from tracking your movement through the Internet. This basic privacy measure isn't perfect, and it also causes some functionality to break. Unfortunately, one of those is being able to sign in to sites and services using a Facebook account, a problem that Firefox 90's new SmartBlock 2.0 is finally fixing.

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Firefox 88 disables FTP support, no new addons for Android

Firefox 88 disables FTP support, no new addons for Android

Despite all the magic that web apps and web browsers are able to do these days, much of the Web and the Internet in general still operates on top of decades-old technologies. This isn't just about applications like e-mail or IRC (yes, those still exist) but also technologies like TCP/IP, HTTP (without the S), and FTP. Those won't be going away anytime soon, at least without breaking the Internet, but some, such as FTP, are becoming more obscure to the point that Mozilla has decided to start its retirement from the Firefox web browser.

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Firefox on Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show ending support next month

Firefox on Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show ending support next month

Mozilla as an organization has been having trouble finding ways to generate revenue without betraying its principles and its community. One of the steps it has taken to keep operating despite that is to consolidate its resources to focus on efforts that have a bigger ROI. That involves restructuring, layoffs, and dropping projects it may no longer consider worthwhile. One of those, it seems, is the version of Firefox for Amazon devices which will no longer be supported after April.

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Firefox 86 brings Total Cookie Protection and multiple PiP support

Firefox 86 brings Total Cookie Protection and multiple PiP support

They may sound delicious but when it comes to the Web, cookies are almost like poison. Sure, they technically serve an important purpose but, like the real-world treats, they can be abused to harm people. That's why web browser makers are taking up arms against cookie abuse, each in their own way, and Mozilla's latest attempt is to completely confine those cookies in their own jars starting with Firefox 86.

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Firefox 85 puts an end to Supercookies and Flash

Firefox 85 puts an end to Supercookies and Flash

Some will say that cookies, at least most traditional cookies, are bad for your health and Web cookies have grown to become the same for your digital health. Created primarily to make it more convenient for users to revisit sites, again and again, the rather crude technology has been abused time and again to track users across the sites they visit. Browser makers are stepping up to fight such privacy invasions and the latest release of Firefox is designed to block another kind of cookie.

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Firefox Proton will give the browser another facelift

Firefox Proton will give the browser another facelift

It's hard to argue that Google Chrome is probably the most-used web browser in the market, especially if you add browsers based on the same Chromium foundations. What may be harder to determine is which is Number Two. There was a time when Mozilla Firefox was perhaps neck to neck with Chrome but those days are long gone. Mozilla has recently been working hard to make up for lost time and opportunities and an upcoming "Proton" project is attempting to give it a much-needed visual refresh.

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