Mozilla Firefox is a fast, light and tidy open source web browser. At its public launch in 2004 Mozilla Firefox was the first browser to challenge Microsoft Internet Explorer’s dominance. Since then, Mozilla Firefox has consistently featured in the top 3 most popular browsers globally. The key features that have made Mozilla Firefox so popular are the simple and effective UI, browser speed and strong security capabilities. The browser is particularly popular with developers thanks to its open source development and active community of advanced users.
Mozilla put of a lot of resources into creating a simple but effective UI aimed at making browsing quicker and easier. They created the tab structure that has been adopted by most other browsers. In recent years Mozilla has also focused on maximizing browsing area by simplifying toolbar controls to just a Firefox button (which contains settings and options) and back/forward buttons. The URL box features direct Google searching as well as an auto predict/history feature called Awesome Bar. On the right side of the URL box there are bookmarking, history and refresh buttons. To the right of the URL box is a search box which allows you to customize your search engine options. Outside of that a view button controls what you see below the URL. Next to that you have the download history and home buttons.
Firefox was the first browser to introduce a private browsing feature which allows you to use the internet more anonymously and securely. History, searches, passwords, downloads, cookies and cached content are all removed on shutdown. Minimizing the chances of another user stealing your identity or finding confidential information. Content security, anti-phishing technology and antivirus/antimalware integration ensures your browsing experience is as safe as possible.
Personalisation & Development
One of the best features of the Firefox UI is customization. Simply right click on the navigation toolbar to customize individual components or just drag and drop items you want to move around. The inbuilt Firefox Add-ons Manager allows you to discover and install add-ons within the browser as well as view ratings, recommendations and descriptions. Read more about the top recommended add-ons for Mozilla Firefox. Thousands of customizable themes allow you to customize the look and feel of your browser. Site authors and developers can create advanced content and applications using Mozilla’s open source platform and enhanced API.
Please note: from version 53.0 onward Windows XP and Vista are no longer supported.
- Add the search field to the new tab page
- Support of Prefer:Safe http header for parental control
- mozilla::pkix as default certificate verifier
- Block malware from downloaded files
- Partial implementation of the OpenType MATH table
- audio/video .ogg and .pdf files handled by Firefox if no application specified (Windows only)
- Upper Sorbian [hsb] locale added
- Removal of the CAPS infrastructure for specifying site-specific permissions (via capability.policy.* preferences). Most notably, attempts to use this functionality to grant access to the clipboard will no longer work. The sole exception is the checkloaduri permission, which may still be used as before to allow sites to load file:// URIs.
- WebVTT implemented and enabled
- CSS3 variables implemented
- Developer Tools: Add-on Debugger
- Developer Tools: Canvas Debugger
- New Array built-in: Array.prototype.fill()
- New Object built-in: Object.setPrototypeOf()
- CSP 1.1 nonce-source and hash-source enabled by default
- Developer Tools: Eyedropper tool added to the color picker (learn more)
- Developer Tools: Editable Box Model
- Developer Tools: Code Editor improvements
- Developer Tools: Console stack traces
- Developer Tools: Copy as cURL
- Developer Tools: Styled console logs
- navigator.sendBeacon enabled by default
- Dialogs spawned from the onbeforeunload event no longer block access to the rest of the browser
- Search for partially selected link text from context menu