One of the most popular internet browsers is finally getting a feature that users have been waiting for. The Google Chrome web browser has had the ability to send push notifications for a while and now Firefox users will be getting the same ability. It will allow websites to send push notifications to users even when they don’t have the website open, as long as they agree to receive push notifications. Firefox users will love this feature.
Firefox users have had to wait for this feature, but at last it is here. Firefox 44 brings support for Web Push which delivers push notifications from websites even if users don’t have that website open. You only need to have the browser running for it to work. So this means that users can receive notifications for new emails without having to keep their email tab open, which is convenient to say the least.
Web Push requires permission from users before a website is allowed to push notifications, just like the webcam or geolocation access requires explicit permission. All notifications from websites are indistinguishable from native notifications.
Firefox is now the second popular browser to feature full support for push notifications. The first was Google Chrome. Other popular browsers are still waiting, like Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge. Hopefully they will get it soon too.
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