Surprisingly, although push notifications have been available on Google Chrome and other contemporary browsers, they have been missing in Firefox. This no longer remains the case.
Wondering what are push notifications and why having them in Firefox is exciting?
Sometimes when you visit a website, a small pop-up asks if you would like to allow that website to send you push notifications. For example, Gmail notifies you when you receive a new message. Provided your browser (for example Google Chrome) supports such notifications, a small pop-up will appear at the bottom-right corner of your screen with the subject and a small portion of the body of the email message. Similarly, Facebook sends you notifications when someone leaves a message for you. Basically, all social networking websites these days send you push notifications whenever there is something requiring your immediate attention.
But as you must have guessed by now, push notifications depend on the capabilities of your browser. If your browser does not support them, you cannot get them. Up till now these notifications were not available in Mozilla Firefox.
Aside from the fact that with push notifications you immediately know when you have received an email or someone has sent you a message on Facebook or on Twitter, they also allow you to focus on other activities without worrying about missing some important message. Normally what happens is, you keep a separate tab opened in order to monitor your email inbox or your Facebook/Twitter page. With push notifications, you don’t need to keep multiple tabs open and strain your computer or tablet resources (or mobile phone resources). You can close the tab and when there is some notification that must be sent to you, that website sends it immediately and then you can maybe open the tab or at least become aware of the new development.
Both Google Chrome and Apple Safari use different technologies to send you push notifications. Firefox and Google Chrome basically have the same underlying browser engine so they are using the “web push” protocol and an API developed by the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). Apple Safari uses Apple’s own push notification standard that it has developed for OS X Mavericks. Internet Explorer doesn’t have push notifications and there is no chance it is ever going to have them because there are going to be no more versions of Internet Explorer.