If you buy a brand new computer, boot it up and open a browser, everything will run swimmingly. Unfortunately, that’s not how we use computers. Instead, browsers have to contend with other software, plug-ins, add-ons, toolbars, you name it. Sometimes, there will be so many other factors that it’s hard to pinpoint what is dragging down performance. Mozilla is hoping to solve this problem with its new Firefox Health Report. The report will pull data that will help users with their personal issues while also helping Mozilla improve future Firefox products. Here’s what it’ll do and how it will help:
FHR will collect data on the following aspects of the browser instance:
- Configuration data – for example, device hardware, operating system, Firefox version
- Customizations data – for example, add-ons, count and type
- Performance data – for example, timing of browser events, rendering, session restores
- Wear and Tear data – for example, length of session, how old a profile is, count of crashes
The Firefox Health Report provides the following benefits:
User insights exhibited on-board the browser instance through visualizations and comparative graphics.
Product insights conveyed to Mozilla – the manufacturer or designer of the car– to help in improving existing browser instances and especially to more fully inform future design and development of Firefox.
Provide Mozilla with the ability to streamline and reduce duplicate information it collects across other products such as Telemetry.
On the user end, the health report will be presented in an easy to use dashboard that will help identify pain points and offer potential solutions.
FHR will power a dashboard built into Firefox for users to visualize how their browser performs in comparison to other browser configurations and what they can do to improve its performance. For example, they can see whether a performance problem is unique to their installation or related to a particular add-on, and whether upgrading to the next version is likely to solve their problem.
There’s no set date for the debut of Firefox Health Report, but it is reportedly coming soon. For more details, read the health report’s FAQs.