Mozilla is working on integrating Group Policy Support for Firefox running on Windows devices in the upcoming Firefox 60 release.
Firefox 60 is the next Extended Support Release of the web browser which replaces Firefox ESR 52.x, the last official version of Firefox to support the old extensions system. Mozilla made Firefox 60 the next ESR target and not Firefox 59.
According to the Firefox release schedule, Firefox 60 will be released on May 8, 2018.
Mozilla Firefox supports an automatic configuration system for Firefox installations already using autoconfig files which works on any supported desktop platform.
The new Policy Engine in Firefox reads data from the Registry created by Group Policy Objects and applies the policies if found to be valid.
All available policies are listed under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Firefox and User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Firefox after the policy template files are added to the relevant directories on Windows.
The following options are available at the time of writing:
Note that the template file and integration is a work in progress and that additional policies will be supported when Firefox 60 launches. This may include network.proxy, data reporting, or update policies according to Mike Kaply, a developer who works on the implementation.
Integration with Group Policy on Windows machines should make things a lot easier for system administrators who deploy Firefox on a computer network. Regular Firefox users may use the policies as well to modify certain browser settings.
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