Firefox and Yahoo Mail Issues, One More Reason to Upgrade
Article by George Norman
On 26 Nov 2008
It has recently come to light that Yahoo’s mail client does not play well with Google’s browser, the Firefox. The thing is that Firefox 3.0, which has recently been updated to the safer 3.0.4 version, works just fine; the issue is with Firefox 2.0, mainly with a plug-in incompatibility issue.

Ryan Knight, Community Manager with Yahoo Mail, comments: “We’ve received reports from some users that they are experiencing problems getting their inbox to load completely in the All-New Yahoo! Mail. Our engineers have been sleuthing around and discovered that if you are running Firefox 2.0.0.18, and have the RealPlayer Browser Record Plug-in 1.0 installed as a browser add-on, you may run into this too.”

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There are two simple workarounds that Yahoo recommends. The first one is to disable or uninstall the RealPlayer plug-in, of course. The second is to give up on Firefox 2.0 altogether and switch to version 3.0. The thing is that this is not the first time that Yahoo has openly advises users to switch to Firefox 3. The difference is that back in September, Yahoo told Internet Explorer users to cross over into Firefox territory.

There are other reasons why you are well advised to upgrade Firefox 2.0 to Firefox 3.0, the most important of them being the fact that Mozilla will no longer provide support for this version. You will still get updates and fixes up to the middle of next month (mid December), but that is it. After that you will either keep using Firefox 2.0 with no support and thus expose yourself to all sorts of risks, or switch to newer versions.

What you must keep in mind is that Firefox 3.0.4 offers a wide range of features such as extensive language support, fast and stable browsing, privacy and security, and ease of use. The upcoming Firefox 3.1 even experiments with gesture support.



Tags: Yahoo, Yahoo Mail, Firefox
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