Mozilla has once again done what it has been doing every six weeks for over a year now. Confused? Well, we’re talking about the highly controversial tri-fortnightly practice of bundling up a handful of new Firefox features, tweaks and bug fixes, and pretending that the ensuing software package is significant enough to be rolled out as a major version update. In other words, Mozilla has once again updated its flagship browser.
Browser plugins like Flash and Java have always had their fair share of critics, but the clamor against them seems to be getting increasingly louder. Many of these critics no longer seem content with merely criticizing them, and instead want such plugins to be dispensed with at the earliest. Well, they now have a reason to pop the celebratory bubbly as Mozilla is working on incorporating a click-to-play mechanism for plugins in future versions of its flagship browser.
All eyes have been on Microsoft ever since its BUILD conference got underway in Anaheim, California on Tuesday. While Redmond is using the new event primarily to acquaint developers with Windows 8, it’s also giving just about everyone else a glimpse of the operating system’s future in the process. Talking about the future, there seems to be an emerging consensus around the tech world that it’s going to be pretty bleak for plugins like Flash and Silverlight.