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Firefox Introduces Push Notifications From Closed Websites

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An updated Firefox introduces push notifications from closed websites, which is good news for Mozilla users, seeing that the tab bar would quickly clog up prior to this modification.

You can now stay on top of notifications and updates without keeping your important websites open – your email, Facebook, shopping and weather pages. Firefox has now allowed developers to send you push messages without their pages taking up useful space at the top of your browser.

You don’t have to worry anymore about websites running in the background and bogging down your computer. At the same time, you can also opt out of unwanted notifications; just like with geolocation and webcams, developers won’t be sending you updates without your permission.

Manage your push notification settings by clicking the “I” Control Center icon located near your Firefox address bar. This browser update has already been rolled out for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android.

Prior to the Firefox 44 version, the browser supported a different type of web notifications, but you weren’t getting any if you closed the sites. The modified push notifications are much alike mobile notifications and they work like other native notifications on Firefox.

It’s worth mentioning that not all websites will be automatically and instantly sending push notifications to users; there are a lot of them that still have to incorporate them into their designs.

If you’re a developer interested in getting your push notifications sent through Firefox, Mozilla also posted detailed instructions of how to do that on its FAQ page.

The push notifications support steals the show in this Firefox release, but it’s definitely not the only change made to the browser. The team has also tweaked some of the built-in developer tools.

Google is way ahead of Mozilla; the search giant had already implemented this type of notifications sometime last year, with Facebook following suit soon after.

Chrome and Safari have already made push notifications available, although using different technology. While Apple is using its own Push Notification Standard, Chrome and Firefox are using the “web push” protocol.

Meanwhile, Microsoft says that it’s currently considering whether or not to add support for web push to its brand new Edge. This feature doesn’t look like it’ll ever make it on Internet Explorer, but then again, you wouldn’t want push notifications sent from beyond the grave.
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3 comments

  1. Great article David.

    This update for Firefox has been a long time coming since Chrome released push support 8 months ago. They did take it one step further, by implementing new security standards for sending push notifications (which is fantastic).

    For those interested in getting started with web push notifications on their website, be sure to check out https://aimtell.com – makes implementation extremely easy. Implementing the Push API spec yourself can be a bit tricky, since it deals with the new Service Worker API, secured payloads, etc etc!

  2. Easy way to do website push notifications is to use a service like http://www.pushalive.com

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