Mozilla Blog: Evolving Firefox’s Culture of Experimentation: A Thank You from the Test Pilot Program. “Test Pilot performed better than we could have ever imagined. As a result of this program we’re now in a stronger position where we are using the knowledge that we gained from small groups, evangelizing the benefits of rapid iteration, taking bold (but safe) risks, and putting the user front and center. We’re applying these valuable lessons not only to continued product innovation, but also to how we test and ideate across the Firefox organization. So today, we are announcing that we will be moving to a new structure that will demonstrate our ability to innovate in exciting ways and as a result we are closing the Test Pilot program as we’ve known it.” What in the world is a bold but safe risk?
Neowin: Mozilla Thunderbird to get prettier and faster this year. “Mozilla’s Thunderbird is not as well known of a project as the Firefox browser, so much so that the organization decided to separate the development of the two a few years back, and then moved Thunderbird to a new home in 2017. Nonetheless, the e-mail client still gets major annual updates, such as Thunderbird 60 released in 2018, which introduced a new icon, support for light and dark themes, and much more.”
BetaNews: Mozilla’s ‘experiment’ with banner ads on new tabs angers users. “Firefox users have expressed surprise, disgust and anger at the appearance of banner ads on new tabs in the browser. An advertisement appeared recently inviting users to make a booking via Booking.com.” Gah.
BetaNews: Mozilla Labs is back!. “The popularity of software betas and the Windows Insider program show that people are keen to get their hands on things earlier. There is a certain delight in tinkering with experimental tools, utilities and apps, and if this is the sort of thing that excites you, you’ll be pleased to hear that Mozilla has brought Mozilla Labs back from the dead with a new site.”
Bleeping Computer: Mozilla is Making it Easier to Search Open Tabs in Firefox. “If you always have a lot of tabs open and its difficult to find a particular tab, Mozilla is introducing a feature that will make this easier. Starting in Firefox 66, Mozilla will be adding the ability to search the open tabs in Firefox in order to find a particular tab.”
Glitch: Welcoming Thimble to Glitch . “TL;DR: Mozilla is beginning the process of shutting down Thimble. While Thimble won’t be closed until December 2019, we’re working with the Thimble team at Mozilla to make it as easy as possible to migrate your Thimble projects to Glitch now, so you can continue to build and publish apps, web pages, and more for free.”
Mozilla Blog: Latest Firefox Release Available Today. “It’s the season for spending time with family and friends over a nice meal and exchanging gifts. Whether it’s a monogrammed bag or a nicely curated 2019 calendar of family photos, it’s the practical gifts that get the most use. For Firefox, we’re always looking for ways to simplify and personalize your online experience. For today’s version of Firefox for desktop, we have a couple new features that do just that.”