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Mozilla Firefox 66 Now Available for Download on Windows, Linux, and macOS 

Mozilla has just released a new version of Firefox that comes with a series of improvements on all supported platforms, including Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Mozilla has just released a new version of Firefox that comes with a series of improvements on all supported platforms, including Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Firefox 66, which you can download using the links below, is the first release that blocks all autoplay media with sound by default. Users are allowed to whitelist websites if they want to enable this behavior on load, but also to disable the feature altogether.

“Any playback that happens before the user has interacted with a page via a mouse click, printable key press, or touch event, is deemed to be autoplay and will be blocked if it is potentially audible,” Mozilla engineer Chris Pearce explains.

Audible autoplay blocking is also available in Firefox for Android beginning with today’s update.Windows 10 dark theme improvementsWhile Mozilla hasn’t yet published the full release notes for the new version, Firefox 66 is also expected to introduce support for Microsoft’s Windows Hello on Windows 10.

The biometric authentication system available on Windows 10 allows users to log into services with fingerprint scanners or face recognition cameras if they are available on their devices. Beginning with this update, Firefox would technically make it possible for the authentication to work on websites as well, in a way that was already demonstrated in Microsoft Edge for Windows 10.

This new version also introduces welcome fixes for all platforms, but worth highlighting is one that’s specifically aimed at Windows 10 users.

Firefox 66 resolves a bug affecting the visual styles, so the dark and light Firefox themes now override the system setting for title bar accent color on Windows 10. This was a bug documented in this Bugzilla thread, and according to a recent post, was fixed in the stable release of Firefox.
 
 
 
 
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Firefox 66 Released with Compatibility for GNOME Desktop, Improved Performance 

Mozilla released today the Firefox 66 web browser for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows with new features and various performance improvements.

 

Mozilla released today the Firefox 66 web browser for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows with new features and various performance improvements.

As you might already know from our previous reportsFirefox 66 is the first release of the web browser to hide the system title bar by default when running on top of the GNOME desktop environment. If you look at the screenshot attached below, you'll see that Firefox now respects the GNOME guidelines and looks much better.

Also for Linux users, the Firefox 66 release addresses an issue that prevented the web browser from downloading files without freezing. Furthermore, Mozilla improved the overall performance of its open-source web browser and reduced the crash rates to double the web content loading processes from 4 to 8.

As far as the new features go, Firefox 66 implements a mechanism that blocks websites from automatically playing audio and video content, which can be very annoying in some situations. Mozilla gave users the ability to choose which websites will be allowed to play multimedia content by adding them to a whitelist.Smoother scrolling, improved search experienceWith Firefox 66, Mozilla improved the search experience by allowing users to find a specific web page much faster when they have numerous tabs opened via the tab overflow menu, as well as to easier search through a redesigned new tab in the Private Window mode. Also improved is the scrolling experience, which is now smoother.

Other noteworthy changes added to the Firefox 66 release include a much-improved user experience for extensions, which now store their settings in a database instead of individual JSON files for faster browsing experience, and a revamped keyboard shortcuts section in the about:addons page for easier shortcuts configuration.

Mozilla is also experimenting with an improved Pocket experience in the New Tab page by enabling more topical content and different layouts in the Firefox 66 web browser, which is available for download right now for GNU/LinuxmacOS, and Windows users directly from our free software portal or via OTA updates.
 
Firefox 66 with hidden title bar
 
 Firefox 66 with hidden title bar
 
 

 

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