Tab grouping and heave themes are the first to go.
As a part of Mozilla’s “Great or Dead” strategy, the open source organization has announced that they will be removing some of the rarely used Firefox features.
What are these features? First is tab grouping (aka Panorama), which was introduced with Firefox 4 and allowed users to organize related tabs into groups, and switch between them when needed. As explained by Firefox’ director of programming engineering, “Very few people chose to use it, so we are retiring it because the work required to maintain it is disproportionate to its popularity.”
With the release of Windows 10 Mobile “RTM” (which is more of a Beta than the Final version of a mobile OS), guys at Rewritable have decided to test three web browsers performance: Edge (Build 10586.11), Google Chrome 46 and Firefox 42.
To keep the benchmark as fair as possible, Lumia 640 and Motorola Moto G 4G were used, as both of these share same specs:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Yes, the wait is over.
Long time ago, when Firefox was still a pretty dominant web browser, Mozilla said that they see no point to release a half-baked version of Firefox for iOS that uses WebKit rather than Gecko. Fast forward to now and the open source organization is singing another song.
The result? Firefox for iOS is finally here and can be downloaded by anyone on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Yes, it uses WebKit, which makes it more of a FireFaux web browser, but Mozilla still hopes to get at least some of the users with key selling points like data sync between Firefox Desktop and Mobile, intuitive tab management, Private Browsing and flexible search.
In an interesting turn of events, Mozilla has announced the availability of Firefox OS 2.5, not only for the FfOS devices (as one might expect) but also for the developers on Android. Yes, this means that you can play with the latest OS build and test it as regular Android app. For obvious reasons, it requires downloading it directly from Mozilla rather than the Play Store.
As far as the feature set goes, you can now install Firefox OS add-ons, enjoy the private browsing experience and ability to pin web sites to your home screen as apps.
Now here is a milestone for you.
Eleven years ago, Mozilla has released Firefox 1.0, which later became one of the most popular web browsers in the world. Fast forward to now and Firefox is sitting at the version 42, with more features than ever but far less excitement than 4-5 years ago.
In any case, we wish Firefox a very happy birthday and hoping to see some fresh innovations (and not Chrome copying), which might lead to the legendary browser’s come back.
Just as it should be.
Now here’s a pretty great feature that should speed up the overall adoption of HTTPS. Starting with Firefox 44 Nightly, Mozilla’s web browser will notify users about the insecure type = ”password” forms and mark connection as not secure.
All in all, a very small change but we couldn’t be happier.
When Opera complained about bundling Internet Explorer with Windows 7 to the EU and asked to include the famous browser ballot screen, we thought it wasn’t the best decision for the consumers as most have no idea what they are doing on their machines and an extra pop-up could have confused them even more.
Then, Mozilla complained that setting Firefox as default web browser in Windows 10 is not exactly as straightforward as it should be, and then we too did not understand what was the fuss all about. It was easy, at least for us.
Well, third time is the charm, as it looks like Microsoft has started nagging Windows 10 users to give their (incomplete and broken) Edge browser another go. According to the latest report, this is what happens in the latest Windows 10 preview (build 10568) when you switch to Chrome, Firefox or any other (better) web browser:
One of the great things about Mozilla and their releases is the fact that they choose to publish both PC and Mobile builds at the same time and Firefox 42 Beta is no exception.
So what exactly is new in this version?
- The private browsing with tracking protection will now block various web elements that could lead to your tracking.
- Scrollable tabs for panels navigation
It’s time to enhance your privacy.
Recently, Mozilla has published the beta version of Firefox 42 web browser, which includes some very welcome changes and new features.
One of which will inform about the annoying tab that is playing music and allow you to mute it.
However, as far as the privacy enhancements go (the main point of Firefox 42), it now protects users from the third party tracking when using Private Browsing mode. In addition to that, there is a Control Center for Private Browsing, where you can control site settings and security in one place.