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Mozilla has officially announced Firefox for Windows 10 on the foundation’s official blog. The official release of Windows 10 is set on July 29, 2015. With the new operating system Microsoft is shipping its brand new Microsoft Edge web browser. The upcoming Edge web browser is already getting a lot of publicity thanks to the Windows Insider program. The browser wars may start again with the arrival of Microsoft Edge, an attempt by the Redmond software giant to keep up with the modern web. The announcement of Mozilla Firefox for Windows 10 is a proof that the battle will soon get more fierce.

Google Inbox is the new intelligent way to email. If you have never heard about Google Inbox, well, Inbox is a new service that transforms the way you used to use email, traditionally. Inbox runs on Gmail and it transforms everything from your Gmail account for you in Inbox. At this moment, to access Inbox, you need to ask Google for an invite. More information about how to request for Google Inbox is at the end of this post. Once accepted, you will be able to use it on all supported devices and platforms.

With more and more zero-day vulnerabilities are uncovered which is affecting Oracle’s Java plugin, users are now often asking how to disable Java or remove Java from their Windows computers or Mac platform.

First, let us clear the confusion which arises among most users about Java and JavaScript, keep in mind that both are different. Java is a programming language and computing platform that powers programs including utilities, games, and business applications, which was first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995, now developed and maintained by Oracle. While, JavaScript is an open source scripting language used to create dynamic websites and enhance user interfaces.

Looking at the increasing number of zero-day flaws that are getting uncovered, its advised that you do not to install Java at all, if you never felt the need of it. If you need Java for some important work, then you should only enable it when you need it. For the rest of the time you should keep Java plugin disabled in your browsers and you should also disable Java on Windows or OS X operating system.

Mozilla Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg, last month, quietly announced the death of 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows. He posted a thread over on the Google Groups, mozilla.dev.apps.firefox discussion board titled “Turning off win64 builds” making the announcement. At the thread, he listed some main reasons behind taking such a decision. Some of the reasons given are, missing or less plugin support for 64-bit versions of Firefox, slower 64-bit builds than 32-bit versions. Another reason given was that the stability team had problems distinguishing crash statistics between 32-bit and 64-bit builds of Firefox. After the announcement was made, a huge uproar from 64-bit for Windows users was seen on a Hacker News thread pointing to another discussion board.

Now, after what Smedberg primarily referred to as “significant negative feedback,” he has made a compromise on the decision of stopping Firefox 64-bit builds, he had reviewed that feedback, consulted with his release engineering team. According to a Google Groups post on the mozilla.dev.apps.firefox discussion board titled “Update on turning off 64-bit Windows builds,” the main reason for the change of plans appears to be that certain users regularly run into the 4GB memory limits of 32-bit builds due to hundreds or even thousands of tabs. So, Firefox 64-bit users can rejoice now as the development of Firefox 64-bit for Windows nightly builds will not be switched off, even though final build may never be released.

Mozilla has added Java 7 Update 7 to its add-on block list after it found the plugin vulnerable. This means, if you have Java 7 Update 7 installed on your computer (be it Windows, Linux or Mac), Firefox will automatically block the Oracle Java plugin.

Oracle Java 7 Update 7 is admittedly not the latest version of Java, as of now, that is, November 24, 2012, Java 7 Update 9 is the latest version available for download and install. So, if you want to re-enable Java on Firefox, you need to download the latest version of Java and install it.

According to Mozilla, Java 7 Update 7 plugin poses a serious risk to the users and thus it had to add the plugin to its blocklist. Mozilla further states that the discovery of the critical security hole in the plugin potentially allows attackers to compromise user’s system, and the bug is currently being exploited in the wild.

On November 19, 2012, Mozilla has released the latest Firefox 17.0 web browser (stable channel) for all supported platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Android. The most exciting feature is with Firefox 17, Mozilla finally brings social integration, to the stable channel of the web browser.

Other notable features and improvements are overall security of the web browser has been improved, by implementing click-to-play blocklisting and support for the “sandbox” attribute (HTML5) for IFrames. Additional Firefox 17 come with lots of performance improvements, fixes touch on the “new tab” page, fixes problem with the pointer lock not working in web apps or page down scrolling too far on websites with fixed headers.

Mozilla announced few days back about Firefox beta’s preliminary support for Social APIs. Mozilla has finally come up with the very first app based on this Social API’s, Facebook Messenger for Firefox. This app is really slick in design and functionality. If you are one of those Facebook users who are always online, you will like this app. But to make the app work on Firefox, you need to run the latest Firefox beta version (version 17 or newer releases).

Mozilla during the announcement stated that, “Much like the OpenSearch standard, the Social API enables developers to integrate social services into the browser in a way that is meaningful and helpful to users. As services integrate with Firefox via the Social API sidebar, it will be easy for you to keep up with friends and family anywhere you go on the Web without having to open a new Web page or switch between tabs. You can stay connected to your favorite social network even while you are surfing the Web, watching a video or playing a game.”

Adobe has released Flash Player 11.3.300.262, which officially fixes the issues faced by Mozilla Firefox users.

Adobe Flash Player update that shipped earlier this month caused problems for Firefox users. Most users complained that the update caused Firefox to crash or freeze. Mozilla released an update last week to temporarily fix some issues related to Flash. Mozilla, along with Adobe also offered some troubleshooting tips for affected Firefox users.