Developers of popular web browsers vie for attention as the browser wars continue to heat up. To gain more users Opera brought the built-in VPN to its browser and Mozilla rolled out multiple processes in Firefox. However, one of the biggest attractions to a browser is its plugin support. Missing a particular plugin can make a user switch to another browser.
Keeping that fact in mind, Mozilla launches Project Mortar, aiming to bring Chrome’s built-in plugins to its Firefox web browser. There are some specific plugins absent in the Firefox browser that Mozilla is planning to bring.
“In order to enable stronger focus on advancing the Web and to reduce the complexity and long term maintenance cost of Firefox, and as part of our strategy to remove generic plug in support, we are launching Project Mortar,” said Johnny Stenback, senior director of engineering at Mozilla.
Project Mortar intends to make the development and maintenance of Firefox as easy and inexpensive as possible. So, it’s investigating the possibility of borrowing features from Google Chrome, world’s leading web browser.
Initially, Project Mortar will start off with PDF viewer PDFium, and the Flash player Pepper Flash. This important change will allow the user to run PDFium and Flash Player on Firefox browser.
The reason Mozilla calls this step is to spare its developers from developing and maintaining non-core components for Firefox. Instead, the company agrees to use APIs from others to provide better web experience.