A yr and a half after launching the free file-sharing service Firefox Send, Mozilla canned the idea, a part of a retrenchment that started this summer time when the group laid off 1 / 4 of its workforce.
Firefox Notes, one other service that bought its begin from the Test Pilot program, additionally went beneath the knife Thursday. Notes might be decommissioned on Android Nov. 1, and Mozilla won’t present safety updates to the desktop browser’s add-on after that date.
“As Mozilla tightens and refines its product focus in 2020, right now we’re asserting the tip of life for two legacy services that grew out of the Firefox Test Pilot program,” Mozilla mentioned in an unsigned put up to its major weblog.
Although Firefox Send – an end-to-end encrypted service the place customers add recordsdata for others to obtain – launched in March 2019, it has been darkish since early July. That was when Mozilla switched off the service due to abuse. Criminals had been utilizing Send to transmit malware and perform phishing assaults, leveraging Firefox’s and tacitly, Mozilla’s, reputations to slide by anti-malware filters. At the time, Mozilla mentioned it had solely briefly pulled Send and would restart it as soon as it had added a “Report abuse” operate.
That will not occur. “In the intervening interval, as we weighed the price of our general portfolio and strategic focus, we made the choice to not relaunch the service,” Mozilla mentioned of Send.
While Mozilla didn’t go into extra element on its choice, reviews from individuals who had been laid off by the group final month alleged that among the many newly unemployed had been individuals from Mozilla’s risk workforce, who would presumably have been answerable for investigating the abuse reviews of a restarted Send.
Also on the chopping block was Firefox Notes, a July 2017 browser add-on launched by Test Pilot, the challenge that requested customers to check out experimental options and functionalities. The browser extension for desktop Firefox and the standalone app for Android gave customers a observe taker whose encrypted content material was synchronized amongst a number of gadgets.
Mozilla plans to close down Notes on Nov. 1. “Three necessary adjustments will happen on this date,” Mozilla mentioned in a assist doc. “The Notes browser extension will not obtain efficiency or safety updates, and should you uninstall Notes, you won’t be able to reinstall it.” At the identical time, the Android app will cease working and syncing of all content material will stop.
Before the cease date, customers ought to do a remaining sync after which export their notes’ content material as HTML, as proven on this assist doc.
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