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Firefox 78.0.1
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Firefox 78 includes a new protections dashboard and more.

Rating:
Operating Systems:
Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 8
License:
Open Source
Developer:
Mozilla
Software Cost:
Free
Category
Internet Tools
Date Updated:
01 July 2020
Downloads To Date:
252039
Languages:
English
Download Size:
47.00 MB

Not everyone gets by with the default browser on their computer, and when it comes to picking an alternative, Firefox is one of the most popular out there, having clawed back support from upstart rivals like Google Chrome and Opera in recent years by switching to a rapid release cycle, ensuring major new versions of the browser are released every six weeks.

It’s true to say that individual updates often fail to deliver anything substantial, but cumulatively they roll together to produce a web browser that is radically different to the one – version 4 – that marked the start of a new era back in 2011.

Some of the landmark new features we’ve seen include a per-site Permissions Manager, enhanced Sync options, tabs on demand, silent updates and add-on enhancements. We also saw the launch of specific development branches including UX, which has led to the new Australis user interface, which sees a streamlined tab, revamped menu and customisation features.

One group particularly well served by the rapid release cycle have been developers, and a plethora of tools from Javascript Scratchpad (from Firefox 6) to full-blown Developer Toolbar (from Firefox 16) have worked their way into successive builds as Firefox courts this important community of users.

And underpinning this all are a constantly evolving set of performance improvements, standards support (HTML5 and CSS3 are constantly being added to, for instance) and bug fixes.

Verdict:

Firefox 78 includes a new protections dashboard and more.

Your Comments & Opinion

ff 48
07 August 2016 14:54, Andrew Ryback
For a number of years FF was my default browser. I think starting with version 40 (?), up to now, FF never worked properly on my Lenovo G50-70 or my two other computers. Poor page loading, jittery, then to just finally freeze up on me. I tried FF 48 final today and had the same crappy results. These days my default is cyberfox 48 and it is excellent. Too bad FF became a lame browser, but Cyberfox is an outstanding replacement.
BE AWARE
23 December 2015 10:29, Indy Jones
Firefox 43.0 changed the whole layout.The UI is so different. Do a backup with Mozbackup(nice little softy)and then update.
Tab based prefs
15 May 2015 18:15, Marc Klink
If this is all they can muster for a "new" version, it's more than time to go home.

This is just another link in the puzzle to make this browser look like Chrome, and that is not good - if we wanted Chrome, we would go straight to the source.

I really don't like to always be critical, but much of the "innovation" seen in FF's last 10 or so updates have been in the wrong direction, and are offputting to the long time users of the browser.

For myself, I'd like to see more movement toward Presto-based Opera, and FAR LESS movement toward Chrome.
FireFox
01 May 2014 17:59, Sharings.org
I love this browser. Because it has a number of Add-ons and much more facilities.
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