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 Mozilla 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.
Mozilla 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 Mozilla 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 Mozilla 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.
Increased content processes to 8
Added capability to search through open tabs from the tab overflow menu
New backend for the storage.local WebExtensions API, providing I/O performance improvements when the extension updates a small subset of the stored data
WebExtension keyboard shortcuts can now be managed or overridden from about:addons
Improved scrolling behavior: Firefox will now attempt to keep content from jumping around while a page is loading by supporting scroll anchoring
New about:privatebrowsing with search
Basic macOS touchbar support
A certificate error page now notifies the user of the name of the certificate issuer that breaks HTTPs connections on intercepted connections to help troubleshooting possible anti-virus software issues.
Firefox now blocks all autoplay media with sound by default. Users can add individual sites to an exceptions list or turn the blocking off.
System title bar is hidden by default to match Gnome guideline