Firefox Plans To Support Google Chrome Extensions

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    Extensions are a popular way to add functionality to your browser, but just like app development, developers often have to make several different versions of their extensions for different browsers. Mozilla wants to cut down on that hassle and allow extensions made for Chrome to also work on Firefox.

    "We would like add-on development to be more like Web development: the same code should run in multiple browsers according to behavior set by standards, with comprehensive documentation available from multiple vendors," Mozilla said in a blog post.

    So Mozilla has a new Blink-compatible API in Firefox called WebExtensions, which will allow extensions code for Chrome and Opera (and maybe Microsoft Edge one day) to run on Firefox "with few changes."

    "WebExtensions will behave like other Firefox add-ons; they will be signed by Mozilla, and discoverable through addons.mozilla.org (AMO) or through the developer's website," the company said. "With this API, extension developers should be able to make the same extension available on Firefox and Chrome with a minimal number of changes to repackage for each platform."

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2489989,00.asp
     
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    Does this mean that Chrome users will be able to use Firefox extensions?
    It would be nice if we could.
     
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    Don't know about anyone else but Firefox has become unusable for me, especially when it comes to viewing video content. Maybe they should sort their imperfections out first.
     
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    Firefox lost it for me after 3.0. It became extremely slow. Chrome ftw.
     
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    That will be coolest thing I would say..Firefox can also be perfect for huge works
     
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    I tried to install a Chrome extension on Firefox yesterday because I wanted to use Chrome Cast on Firefox. :aargh4:
     
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    To prevent Google spying, don't install Chrome extensions, but only the ones that were originally designed for Firefox. As for FF slowing down with each new revision, just use the Portable version of the browser. If the newer portable editions are too slow, use the older portable ones instead, perhaps on different flash drives. This way you have maximum flexibility and can keep your old add-ons per each portable version you are running.