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Today we are announcing some major upcoming changes to Firefox add-ons. Our add-on ecosystem has evolved through incremental, organic growth over the years, but there are some modernizations to Firefox that require some foundational changes to support:
- Taking advantage of new technologies like Electrolysis and Servo
- Protecting users from spyware and adware
- Shortening the time it takes to review add-ons...
We're announcing all of the changes today to make developers aware of our plans and to give everyone an opportunity to offer feedback. We are committed to doing what we can to make this transition as easy as possible.
We are implementing a new extension API, called WebExtensions—largely compatible with the model used by Chrome and Opera—to make it easier to develop extensions across multiple browsers.
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with other operating systems in development
Regardless, this announcement would apply to them too for future plug-ins. If they want to continue to allow plug-ins...