Firefox is #2 in Top 10 Web Browsers
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#2 in Top 10 Web Browsers
The best alternatives to Firefox are: Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Brave Browser, Microsoft Edge
Latest news about Firefox
2022. Mozilla brings free, offline translation to Firefox
Mozilla has introduced a new translation tool for Firefox that eliminates the need for cloud processing by conducting machine learning-based translations directly on users' computers. This significant advancement is a departure from relying on industry giants like Google and Microsoft for translation services. The tool, called Firefox Translations, can be easily added to the browser. Upon initial use, it may download necessary resources and potentially update models for improved translations, but the actual translation process occurs locally on the user's computer, rather than in a remote data center.
2020. Firefox gets a better password manager
Mozilla has released version 76 of its Firefox browser, introducing an enhanced password manager feature. With the updated Firefox Lockwise, users will now be prompted to enter their device password when attempting to copy and paste credentials from the "Logins and Passwords" page within the browser. Once the device password is confirmed, users can view and copy their credentials for a duration of five minutes. This additional layer of security makes it more challenging for unauthorized individuals to access password-protected websites, particularly on shared computers. Moreover, Lockwise now provides alerts for vulnerable passwords that have been compromised in known breaches, along with warnings if a website you frequent has experienced a breach where your logins and passwords may have been stolen. Furthermore, Lockwise's password generator feature has been expanded to support more websites and can assist in generating random combinations of 12 letters, numbers, and symbols for stronger password creation.
2019. Firefox gets enhanced tracking protection, desktop password manager
Firefox is introducing one of its most comprehensive series of releases designed to prevent advertisers and other entities from tracking your online activities. Additionally, these releases make it more challenging for Facebook to monitor your online behavior. By default, Enhanced Tracking Protection, based on the Disconnect list, will block all third-party tracking cookies. You have the option to choose a strict setting that may impact the functionality of certain websites, or you can customize your own settings. Furthermore, Mozilla is expanding its Lockbox password manager to include desktop support. Previously, Lockbox was only available as a mobile app, but Mozilla has now launched a Firefox desktop extension for it. The name of the password manager has also been changed to Lockwise. Currently, Lockwise provides a straightforward password management experience, although it may not offer the same extensive features as Dashlane, 1Password, LastPass, or similar alternatives.
2018. Firefox will now alert you when one of your accounts was hacked
Earlier this year, Mozilla introduced Firefox Monitor, a service designed to inform users if their online accounts were compromised in recent data breaches. By simply providing your email address, Firefox Monitor utilizes the Have I Been Pwned database to display any potential concerns and details regarding the compromised data. Today, Mozilla takes this initiative further by allowing users to sign up for alerts notifying them if their accounts appear in any future known breaches. Mozilla emphasizes that Firefox Monitor is just one of many upcoming data and privacy features planned by the organization in the coming months. With increasing user concerns about privacy and the extensive data collection practices of Google's Chrome browser, Mozilla positions itself as a neutral force in the browser market, and this approach has been well-received.
2018. Firefox ends support of Windows XP, Vista
Mozilla has made the decision to discontinue support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in its web browser, Firefox. This means that security updates for these outdated operating systems will no longer be provided. The termination of support for Windows XP and Vista took effect with the release of Firefox ESR 52.9 on June 26. Subsequently, Firefox ESR 60.2 was introduced on September 4. Mozilla offers Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) specifically to cater to customers, primarily business users, who prioritize stability over the inclusion of new and flashy features. Unlike the regular Firefox version, each ESR release solely receives security updates throughout its lifecycle. Mozilla typically maintains both the previous and current ESR versions for approximately 12 weeks, with the transition occurring once a year. The overlap period between Firefox ESR 52 and ESR 60 started on May 7, coinciding with the launch of the latter, and concluded on September 4 when security patches were no longer provided for Firefox ESR 52. Currently, Opera remains the only top-five browser that continues to support Windows XP.
2017. Firefox released new ultra-fast web browser to take on Google Chrome
Mozilla's latest browser, Firefox Quantum, delivers an incredibly fast browsing experience. In a comprehensive test conducted by the open-source project WebPageTest, Firefox Quantum outperformed Chrome in loading numerous popular websites, including Yelp, Shutterstock, Ask.com, and even Google Search itself. (Although Chrome remained faster in loading most Google and YouTube pages). Moreover, Firefox Quantum stands out by utilizing approximately 30% less memory compared to its competitors, such as Chrome, Edge, and Safari, on Windows operating systems, and only slightly more memory than Chrome on macOS. This means you can have significantly more tabs open without worrying about your browser crashing or slowing down. However, Mozilla's focus extends beyond speed and memory optimization. Extensive user research has influenced the browser's interface, resulting in Firefox Quantum incorporating several small yet significant features that cater to user browsing patterns.
2016. Mozilla launches Firefox Focus - private web browser for iPhone
Mozilla has unveiled a new mobile web browser for iOS called Firefox Focus, placing utmost importance on private browsing for users. This mobile browser takes a proactive approach by automatically blocking ad trackers and erasing browsing history, including passwords and cookies. By doing so, the browser aims to provide a streamlined browsing experience and potentially faster page loading times. The elimination of ads and web trackers can reduce page clutter and enhance overall performance, according to Mozilla's claims.
2015. Firefox for iOS is now available
Mozilla has globally launched the initial version of the Firefox browser for iOS. This release introduces advanced features such as intelligent search, a comprehensive private browsing mode (compatible with iOS 9), convenient access to favorites, and visually appealing tabs. Similar to Chrome and Safari, Firefox seamlessly synchronizes browsing history, tabs, and passwords with its desktop counterpart. Firefox for iOS is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, requiring iOS 8.2 or later. The journey to bring Firefox to iOS has been a lengthy and intricate one for Mozilla. Previously, the company opted for Firefox Home, a mobile app enabling access to Firefox bookmarks, tabs, and history. However, this approach was abandoned in 2012, leading to the current release.
2015. Firefox gets built-in video chat
The most recent release of Firefox (version 35) introduces an exciting addition: the WebRTC-based Firefox Hello video chat service. With this plugin-free feature, you can initiate video chats by sharing an automatically generated link with your desired conversation partner or by using contacts from your Firefox account to initiate calls. Previously, you had to wait for your contact to join the chat room, but now a convenient self-view window appears, allowing you to continue browsing the web until your contact joins the call. The great aspect is that your contacts can use Firefox, Chrome, or Opera for compatibility. Mozilla envisions expanding this project over time, incorporating additional functionalities such as screen sharing and online collaboration tools to enhance productivity and optimize video calls. In pursuit of this goal, Mozilla is collaborating with Telefonica's TokBox and its OpenTok service.
2014. Firefox 29 - the most important update in the history
According to a Mozilla executive, the new version of Firefox brings about significant changes. In essence, this update can be summarized as follows: "Firefox now bears a strong resemblance to Google Chrome." The interface has undergone a transformation, with menus, toolbars, and tabs occupying less space, and the menu itself migrating to a location similar to Chrome. Furthermore, Firefox has become noticeably faster, rivaling the speed of Chrome. Mozilla claims that this is the fastest and most secure version of Firefox to date. Additionally, the developers have introduced a new online service called Firefox Accounts, enabling users to synchronize their bookmarks, browsing history, and passwords across multiple devices. Notably, the update also incorporates support for WebRTC, a standard that facilitates browser-based video chat without the need for plugins.
2013. First Firefox OS phones appeared
Usually open-source projects are flowing slowly but when business giant (such as Telefonica) is interested in it, everything is going according to the plan. As promised in the beginning of this year Telefonica and Mozilla have revealed the first smartphones based on Firefox OS. Why Telefonica helps this strange project in the world ruled by Android and iPhone? The main reason is that Firefox OS phones will be even cheaper than Android. Though Android - is also a free platform, but the Firefox OS based on using only Web-applications, can significantly reduce the hardware requirements. For example, the first two models (Keon and Peak) - are not powerful phones according to their characteristics, and they will be inexpensive, but their apps work even faster than on Android. ***
2012. Firefox OS - alternative to Google Chrome
Browser - is the next operating system. This idea was born in Google and they created Chrome OS. And Mozilla thought that this it also can play this game and developed the mobile OS - Boot to Gecko. Yesterday this platform was renamed to Firefox OS, which marks the transformation of the simple browser into the cross-platform Operating System. Recall, Firefox OS is intended only for running web-applications (on HTML5) and allows to build very cheap smartphones and tablets due to the minimum requirements to hardware. How Firefox OS can compete with Chrome OS? It's very simple, because in the nearest years Google won't ditch Android and make a choice in favor of the Chrome OS for mobile devices. Mozilla doesn't have such problem and its way to the goal is clean. ***
2012. Do we need another mobile OS? Mozilla says Yes
It seemed that all the tickets to the mobile OS market have been sold to Android, iOS, Windows and Blackberry (if it survives). And the unsuccessful attempts of HP and Samsung to enter this market have convinced everybody that the world doesn't need another mobile OS. But there will always be fanatics with unusual ideas and motivation that can change everything. Recently Mozilla (the Firefox developer) presented a prototype of its new mobile platform, codenamed Boot to Gecko (B2G). It is designed for smartphones and tablets and based on Firefox browser, running on top of the Linux kernel. B2G supposes that all mobile applications will run inside the browser. Remind Google's Chrome OS, yeah? But the Chrome OS was developed for desktops, not mobile devices. Besides, the internal conflict between Chrome OS and Android doesn't let Chrome OS to develop on mobile devices. ***