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Mozilla Working on 'Silent Updates' for Firefox

Mozilla is working on ‘silent updates' in a bid to reduce the amount of interruptions that a user faces during an update to the Firefox browser.

According to the non-profit organization, it is working on various improvements to the Firefox update process aimed at removing interruptions during the update process and through a blog post aims to explain five of those improvement areas.

The current Firefox update process detects and downloads the update files automatically, but when it comes to applying those updates, Firefox needs to be closed before the changes are applied which often needs a restart if the user is actually browsing the web during the update. The restart, in current scenario, does take quite some time before users' can resume their browsing activities. According to Mozilla, the latest update process will be able to update the browser while it is still running and when the user does restart the browser, the time would be minimal and reload of the browser will happen in a flash.

Another important change in line is the getting rid of the Windows UAC. As it stands currently, every time an update has to be applied to Firefox browser, in case of Windows Vista and 7, Windows UAC dialog box pops up asking for permissions. This might be a bit annoying and tends to irate users. With this in mind Mozilla is going to incorporate an update service in its Aurora line of browsers which will actually run in background. The service, when it runs for the first time, will be required to be given permission through UAC but, all the subsequent updates to the browser will happen in a UAC free mode.

More technical details on background updates can be found here and here.