Do Users Want Automatic Updates to Firefox?

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If you're a Google Chrome user, you may greatly appreciate the fact that updates to the browser--which many observers predict will eclipse Mozilla Firefox in global market share next year--are automatically pushed. In other words, Chrome users get transparent updates, which differs from how Firefox and other browsers approach moving users to new versions. That's going to change soon for Firefox users, and some Firefox users are likely to appreciate silent updates, while some others may not.

In a blog post from Ehsan Akhgari, a Firefox engineer, he confirms that he is at work on what could be an essential part of eventually delivering silent updates, which consists of minimizing the amount of time Firefox takes to launch and reconfigure after downloading an update:

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