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Browser add-ons can go global

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla have partnered.

A common feature of successful browsers is support for extensions, by installing components that others have created, and their users can add features to them. Traditionally, each browser used a unique system of plug-ins, but the situation has changed drastically in recent years: Mozilla has almost replaced its Firefox solution for Chrome, Apple utilities help make Chrome extensions work in Safari, and all other notable browsers have switched to Chrome technology.

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This makes it easier than ever to make plugins available to all of your major browsers: you need to make them available to Chrome, and then, with some extra work, they can be released to all other browsers.

Seeing the situation, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla are now official entered into a partnershipWorking together in the WebExtensions Community Group, they want to standardize the operation of their browser extensions as much as possible, and align with future developments.

In all probability, this does not mean that in the future it will be enough to create extensions once, after which they will work flawlessly in all browsers without any modifications, but we can come closer to this ideal case more than at the moment.

The combination of companies is good not only for developers, but also for web users, as they will have a better chance of using their favorite extensions with all browsers, bug fixes and functional updates will be available to everyone faster.

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