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Improved plugin installation and management experience
Stage Planning
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Health OK
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Product manager Sid Stamm
Directly Responsible Individual `
Lead engineer Rob Strong
Security lead `
Privacy lead `
Localization lead `
Accessibility lead `
QA lead Henrik Skupin
UX lead Jennifer Boriss
Product marketing lead `
Operations lead `
Additional members Asa Dotzler

Open issues/risks


Stage 1: Definition

1. Feature overview

Improve the user experience of installing and managing plugins.

Rob Strong says we can get (at least) Flash as part of a stub installer. We should focus on that. Also, Flash has a much better updater now. -- Asa

This feature may be related : https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/Features/Add_plugincheck_functionality_to_Add-on_Manager

2. Users & use cases

  • Background update ("like addons")
  • Content triggered plugin installation
  • Content triggered plugin update
  • User triggered plugin update
  • Plugin triggered update (i.e. update check)
  • User triggered plugin enabling/disabling
  • User triggered plugin uninstall
  • Some software installs a plugin the user is not aware of. The first time the plugin is activated by any given page, the user is:
    • given a warning and user must opt-in before enabling or
    • plugin is click-to-play until the user actives it
      • ISSUE: Plugin remains on system until time of use.
  • Highlight plugin check so that more users realize it exists and check their plugins.

3. Dependencies


4. Requirements




Stage 2: Design

5. Functional specification


6. User experience design


Stage 3: Planning

7. Implementation plan


8. Reviews

Security review


Privacy review


Localization review




Quality Assurance review


Operations review


Stage 4: Development

9. Implementation


Stage 5: Release

10. Landing criteria


Feature details

Priority Unprioritized
Rank 999
Theme / Goal Product Hardening
Roadmap Plugin Interactions
Secondary roadmap Security
Feature list Desktop
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Engineering team Desktop front-end

Team status notes

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