Mozilla has launched its next iteration of Firefox with a handful of new features designed to improve workflow and speed things up.
One of five new features to come version 105 (opens in new tab) of the browser is an improved printing interface that now allows users to print the current page more easily, which could be handy for businesses that print individual emails instead of entire threads.
Mozilla has also improved usability for trackpad users, finally catching up with the likes of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. On Windows, users can now swipe with two fingers to navigate between page history instead of pressing the back and forward buttons.
Mozilla Firefox 105
In addition to now supporting partitioned service workers in third-party contexts and conforming to the User Timing L3 specification, Firefox has also become twice as fast at searching for individual items in large lists.
While every other browser appears to be based on the open source Chromium project, Firefox says that using its own Quantum browser engine allows it to “ensure that your data is handled respectfully and kept private.” Some advantages of choosing Firefox, according to an article on Mozilla’s website, include default blocking of third-party tracking cookies, crypto-mining scripts, and social trackers.
Additional updates have been made across the board, with Firefox now handling low memory situations better on Windows, being less likely to run out of memory for Linux, and performing better when running out of memory.
Mac users will also notice trackpad usability improvements with some smoothing out of accidental diagonal scrolling.
Firefox version 105 is available to download or upgrade now for Windows 7 or later, macOS 10.12 Sierra or later, and eligible Linux machines. Full system requirements are made available at Firefox website. Version 105 for mobile devices has also been made available with fewer feature releases, but instead a focus on stability and technical improvements.