Push notifications have finally come to Firefox. With a new feature called Web Push, Firefox 44 can now inform you about WebRTC calls, website updates, incoming messages and email, etc.
Push notifications have been around in Chrome for quite a while by now. Basically, for as long as your web browser is running, it can receive notifications from websites even if those sites are not active or open. Thus, you can close your email tab, and still be informed as and when new emails arrive.
Firefox 44 now offers the same functionality. Web Push connects with websites that support push notifications and informs you of updates as and when they arrive. As such, you can be informed of incoming mails, new messages, chat replies, and other events including news updates from websites directly in your web browser without having to open tabs for different websites.
For the sake of your privacy, Web Push will connect with each website using a unique identifier. Of course, connections are encrypted.
Many people have to rely on push notifications at work, in order to stay updated at the earliest and also to keep their browser uncluttered and free from resource hog that might happen if you open multiple tabs. This new feature of Firefox 44 is a step in the right direction.
Given Web Push a spin yet? Share your views in the comments below!