Mozilla will release its latest version of the firefox browser starting Tuesday with a focus on privacy, accessibility and personalization, according to the brand.
The new version will include a number of features, but a notable highlight is the introduction of a shortcut button for private browsing mode that you can pin to your desktop. This is a feature intended to make it easier to access the function that is normally found within the triple bar icon in the upper right corner of the browser or by right-clicking the Firefox icon in the Windows taskbar with a mouse or trackpad. While it may not be extremely tedious, this feature eliminates a few extra steps for those who want to take advantage of it.
Additionally, Firefox’s private browsing mode had received some design updates, including a new logo and an automatic dark theme, so you can better differentiate between the standard browser and private browsing. These updates are in addition to the Total Cookie Protection and HTTPS by default features that Mozilla added to its Private Browsing last year, according to the brand.
Another standout feature in the latest version of the Firefox browser, giving you a curated look at up to 25 of your recently closed tabs. Again, this feature works without having to search your history for old tabs and is different from other browsers that can only display frequently visited tabs instead of recently visited tabs. For many users, they are the same thing, but they can also include unique pages that you wouldn’t mind revisiting without a search. Furthermore, with this feature, you can also view the last three active tabs from synced mobile devices.
Mozilla has also added productivity shortcuts to the new Firefox in the form of a PDF editor that allows you to add signatures to documents before you print them. Additionally, the browser has a text recognition feature that works for macOS 10.15 and higher and allows you to “copy only the text so you can share and store it without having to manually retype it,” Mozilla stated in a blog post.
Mozilla’s latest version comes after it announced that the browser had been updated to its 100th version in May. Firefox has long been a brand of innovator, having established the concept of tabs in web browsers since its inception.
Although Firefox is still one of the five most used browsers worldwide, it ranks fourth with the 7.28% of desktop users in September, based on StatsCounter.
This is a slight drop from its 7.86% users in May in the same range. By comparison, Apple’s Safari represents the 8.93% of the world’s desktop browser users, Microsoft Edge users are in the 10.81% and Google Chrome users are still the number in the 67.34%.