Mozilla on Tuesday upgraded Firefox to version 89, introducing a new look the company said is “designed to win you back” in the open-source browser.
The engineers of the institution also made an agreement nine weaknesses, two of them labeled “High,” Firefox’s second most serious of all. Three of the nine were found only in the Android version of the browser, while the other was only in the code for the Windows version. None were marked as “serious”, which is the most severe fault category.
Firefox 89 can be downloaded for Windows, macOS and Linux from here Mozilla’s site. Since Firefox updates in the background, most users can simply relaunch the browser to install the latest version. To update manually on Windows, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars in the top right, then click the Help icon (a question mark within a circle). Select “About Firefox”. (On macOS, “About Firefox” can be found under the “Firefox” menu.) The resulting page or pop-up shows whether the browser is already up to date or displays the upgrade process.
(pay attention: Firefox’s new background update process, which was outlined by Mozilla in mid-April and expected to appear in version 89, has not been enabled in the stable builds released on June 1. At this point, it sounds like The change is now set for Firefox 90.)
The big news of Firefox 89 is the facelift, a severely redesigned user interface (UI) that went by the code name of “Proton”. Mozilla touted this as a significant overhaul of the “face” of the browser that users see when they fire up the application.
“We’ve revamped and modernized the core experience to be cleaner, more inviting and easier to use,” Mozilla said. 89’s release note. and many more detailed lecturer On Proton’s changes, MJ Kelly, a member of Mozilla’s marketing team, said the refit is the result of studying “how people interact with the browser,” listening to feedback and “gathering ideas from regular people,” which just Want a smoother experience on the web.”
The most noticeable difference to Proton UI is the tab bar, where open tabs are displayed. Mozilla went with a “floating” tab bar that visually disconnects from the rendered page based on two changes: first, the tab bar is moved above the browser frame so that the address bar interferes, and second, no There are no visible separators — say, a vertical line — to mark where one tab ends and another begins. Only when a tab is active—it’s selected by the user—does it pop from the background of the tab bar. The result is a significant departure from the traditional browser-tab UI, such as that seen in Google’s Chrome or even Apple’s Safari. (Only Microsoft Edge, which relies on vertical display of tabs on the left side of the browser frame, has more deviation than usual.)
Some commenters have panned on the new tab UI in Firefox; No doubt it will shock many. But once accepted – and it can be instantaneous to some – it seems to “feel” more streamlined, more up-to-date, more logical too, if you like.
Mozilla also toned down the toolbar containing the address field, getting rid of some accumulated-years of clutter; rearranged and condensed some menus, including the three-horizontal-line main menu on the far right; And removing some notifications and reducing the on-screen size of others, it was the last in hopes of “less jarring interruptions”.
Private Browsing gets total cookie protection
The other significant change in Firefox 89 was more about setting defaults than making something out of the whole fabric. “The popular Total Cookie Protection is always turned on in Private Browsing with the optional Strict setting,” wrote Mozilla’s Kelly in its June 1 post.
Total Cookie Protection, which Mozilla rolled out in February as part of Firefox 86, limits cookies to the site where they were created, preventing tracking companies from using these cookies from one site to another. but from following the user’s browsing footprints, yet other . Anti-tracking technology was available from Firefox 86, but only when users set the browser’s Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) to the “Strict” option. (ETP is the umbrella label for All of Firefox’s security.)
With Firefox 89, Mozilla has increased total cookie protection to all private browsing windows by default, with do not record-browsing-history mode triggered manually from the main menu (choose “New Private Window”).
Mozilla was proud, not necessarily that it added Total Cookie Protection all one time, but also that its privacy mode was reduced to zero. “In addition to total cookie protection, Firefox’s Private Browsing window has the most advanced privacy protections of any major browser’s private browsing mode,” said Arthur Edelstein, senior product manager for Firefox privacy and security. Tuesday’s post On Mozilla’s security blog.
Elsewhere in the browser, the “Take Screenshot” feature has been added to the contextual menus – those that appear after right-clicking on the mouse or touchpad – for easier access. Take Screenshot can also be added as an icon to the toolbar.
Shane, come back!
Mozilla couldn’t explain it: Firefox 89 was redesigned in hopes of persuading deserters to return to the browser.
“We are always excited when a new Firefox launches, and when it comes to this major redesign, we are even more excited for you to experience it,” she wrote. “If you’ve left Firefox behind at some point, this modern approach … is designed to win you back and make it your favorite browser.”
Firefox could use a boost.
Browsers’ share of the overall market, as measured by US analytics firm Net Applications, continues to decline. (Although Net Applications announced last year that it was pausing its measurement of browser and operating system activity, it continued to publish data.) At the end of May, Firefox’s share was 6.3%, up from the same time The absolute percentage was less. year ago. If this trend continues, Firefox could slip into the 5% range by early August.
Firefox’s decline in browser share has been Mozilla’s most pressing problem. Other attempts to reverse the trend, including the 2017 renewal Released as Firefox 57 and dubbed “Quantum”. Failed to arrest the slide in the stock. Along with Mozilla Quantum — and its then-new Photon UI — one executive said, “It’s the biggest update we’ve seen since Firefox 1.0 was launched in 2004, it’s better in every way.”
At the time – November 2017 – Firefox’s usage share was 11.4%, just a little less than double at the end of May 2021.
The next version of Mozilla’s browser, Firefox 90, will be released on June 29.
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