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January 27, 2016

Firefox 44 Pushes Limits of Notifications

Web Push Means Alerts Can Arrive From Websites Which Aren't Even Opened

Firefox has included what may be one of the coolest features in any browser.

firefox_logo-only_RGB-300dpiUsers of Firefox 44 can now be alerted of important developments, news, messages and more whether they have the specific webpage open or not. It means users don’t have to rely on e-mail, Twitter, texts and other means of notifications to have up-to-the-minute information.

Entitled Web Push, the idea is quite simple — the browser gets notifications and updates from websites the user has allowed to be part of the feature. Even if the website which the notification is from isn’t open it will still be delivered, reports Hacks.

However, the key is going through the websites which can send such notifications and ensuring they have the required permissions needed to be part of Web Push. Users set those permissions through Preferences and, at any time, can turn them off.

“This is similar to Web notifications, except now you can receive notifications for websites even when they’re not loaded in a tab,” Mozilla explained in a blog post. “This is super useful for websites like e-mail, weather, social networks and shopping, which you might check frequently for updates.”


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.