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The Firefox 62 Release is Here

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Firefox 62 has arrived with some great new features

 

Mozilla launched their Firefox 62 release today for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The release builds above Firefox Quantum and brings with it a large variety of new font typography options, an automatic dark theme for macOS, and better scrolling capability for Android.

Existing desktop users should be able to upgrade to it automatically. Firefox 62 is also available for download from Firefox.com.

The Android version of Firefox 62 is available on Google Play and the iOS version is available on Apple’s App Store.

The Firefox 62 changelog for the desktop version is impressive and reads as follows:

  • Firefox Home (the default New Tab) now allows users to display up to 4 rows of top sites, Pocket stories, and highlights.
  • “Reopen in Container” tab menu option appears for users with Containers that lets them choose to reopen a tab in a different container.
  • A preference that allows users to distrust certificates issued by Symantec, in advance of removing all trust for Symantec-issued certificates in Firefox 63. To use this preference, go to about:config in the address bar and set the preference “security.pki.distrust_ca_policy” to 2.
  • FreeBSD support for WebAuthn.
  • Improved graphics rendering for Windows users without accelerated hardware using Parallel-Off-Main-Thread Painting.
  • Support for CSS Shapes, allowing for richer web page layouts. This goes hand in hand with a brand new Shape Path Editor in the CSS inspector.
  • CSS Variable Fonts (OpenType Font Variations) support, which makes it possible to create beautiful typography with a single font file.
  • In enterprise environments, AutoConfig is sandboxed to the documented API by default. You can disable the sandbox by setting the preference general.config.sandbox_enabled to false. The long term plan is to remove the ability to turn off the sandboxing. If you need to continue to use more complex AutoConfig scripts, you will need to use Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR).
  • Added Canadian English (en-CA) locale.
  • Removed the description field for bookmarks. Users who have stored descriptions using the field may wish to export these descriptions as html or json files, as they will be removed in a future release.
  • Dark theme is automatically enabled in macOS 10.14 dark mode.
  • Changed the default setting to Enforce (3) for the security.pki.name_matching_mode preference.
  • Adobe Flash applets now run in a more secure mode using process sandboxing on macOS.
  • Users disconnecting from Sync are now offered the option to wipe their Firefox profile data (including bookmarks, passwords, history, cookies, and site data) from their desktop computer.
  • Changed how WebRTC handles screen sharing: When screen-sharing a window, the window will be brought to front.
  • Three-pane Inspector in Developer Tools separates the page’s CSS rules into their own panel.

All of the Firefox 62 changelogs are available here: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/62.0/releasenotes/

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