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Firefox 66 is delayed because of… PowerPoint

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Image credit: Mozilla
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Update: Mozilla has now fixed the issue with PowerPoint Online and has resumed the rollout of Firefox 66.02.

Original story follows...

If you were looking forward to downloading Firefox 66, the latest web browser from Mozilla, then you may have to wait a little while longer, as the company has halted the rollout due to an issue with Microsoft’s PowerPoint Online.

According to a bug report, Office 365 owners who have Firefox 66 installed will not be able to add text to text boxes on the online version. This applies to users on both Windows and Mac.

That’s a pretty annoying bug, and it’s meant that Mozilla is pausing the rollout for all users – even those who don’t use PowerPoint Online. It’s not currently known if the bug affects other Office 365 tools.

Looking for a fix

Mozilla is working on a fix right now, with it testing a potential fix on its Firefox Nightly builds. Once the fix has been tested and is confirmed to work, Mozilla may use its Normandy remote preference update system to send the fix to its users, and then resume the rollout of Firefox 66.

If you already have Firefox 66 installed, you can fix the issue by changing the preference value

dom.keyboardevent.keypress.hack.use_legacy_keycode_and_charcode

to

powerpoint.officeapps.live.com

Then, reload the page.

Via Techdows