firefox 59

Mozilla released Firefox Quantum version 59 for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux on this Tuesday, taking further its trend of adding performance improvements which began last year in November.

Let’s take a closer look at the major upgraded features that the latest Firefox 59 brings with it:

Enhanced performance

The browser has faster load times for content on the home page, and it will load the page faster with the help of networked cache or cache obtained directly from the user’s hard drive (Race Cache With Network).

Better graphics for macOS users

Apple users will experience improvised graphics by employing Off-Main-Thread Painting (OMTP). This feature for Windows has already been released in Firefox 58.

New firefox screenshot features

Firefox’s built-in screenshot tool already allows you to take scrolling screenshots of websites. Now, it has handy features such as basic annotation and crop option allow users to draw on, highlight and change the viewable area of saved screenshots.

Improved privacy in private browsing mode

To prevent third-party data leakage in private mode, the browser will eliminate path information from referrers that are sent to third parties.

Customization of new windows and tabs

New drag and drop option for pinning and rearranging frequently visited websites on the Firefox Home Page.

Opt-in settings for browser notifications

Additional settings in ‘about:preferences’ for users who want to stop websites from asking to send notifications. You can deny access to your device’s camera, microphone, and location to such websites and simultaneously allow trusted websites to use these features.

You can go to Hamberger menu button (top-right corner) > Options > Privacy & Security. Scroll down to find Notifications, then click the Settings button. A new window will pop-up. At the bottom of the window, you can find the checkbox to disable notification requests from new sites.

Firefox for Android updates

Firefox now works an assist app which allows users to start searching on their smartphones just by pressing the home button. It does so by replacing the Google Assistant.

The mobile app also supports HLS or HTTP Live Streaming video playback along with private mode browsing updates as mentioned above.

You can download the latest Firefox 59 on your Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android devices.

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