Firefox for Organizations – Enterprise Working Group (EWG)

Think Firefox is just for home use? Think again, Mozilla now has a plan to ensure that your company is getting all the benefits from using Firefox but on an Enterprise level.

What is Mozilla Firefox ESR?

Mozilla offers an Extended Support Release (ESR) based on the official release of Firefox for desktop for use by organizations including schools, universities, businesses and others

who need extended support for mass deployments. You can read more about the plan here.

What does the Mozilla Firefox ESR life cycle look like?

Releases will be maintained for approximately one year, with point releases containing security updates coinciding with regular Firefox releases. The ESR will also have a two cycle (12 week) overlap between the time of a new release and the end-of-life of

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Mozilla Firefox Icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the previous release to permit testing and certification prior to deploying a new version. At the end of the support period for an ESR version:

  • the release will reach its end-of-life
  • no further updates will be offered for that version
  • an update to the next version will be offered through the application update service

You can read more about the update plan here.

What does my organization need to do to use Mozilla Firefox ESR?

Organizations that deploy Firefox ESR are requested to sign up for the Enterprise Working Group mailing list. They are also requested to test advance versions of Firefox and ESR Release Candidates. Users can file bugs for issues they may encounter here or follow known bugs here.

What is the Enterprise Working Group?

The Mozilla Enterprise User Working Group is where enterprise developers, IT staff, Firefox and Thunderbird developers discuss best practices for deploying Firefox and Thunderbird in the enterprise. You can learn more about the EWG here.

How do I customize Firefox to meet my organization’s IT policy/requirements?

There are several methods that can be used to customize Firefox and the best place to start is the Enterprise Working Group or the Enterprise Wiki page. There are add-ons available, as well as third-party organizations who provide customizations services, and the EWG is a good place to discuss requirements if you’re just getting started.

Where can I download Mozilla Firefox ESR?

You can download Mozilla Firefox ESR here.

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