It has now been a week since Mozilla Firefox version 89 landed on the Philippine coast. Even though there is a new version of Firefox every four (04) weeks, the last browser design overhaul took place years ago (around 2017 when “Photon” was introduced).
Codenamed “Proton,” the latest UI refresh made subtle adjustments to many of the browser’s interface elements, including its tabs, main menu, context menus, and modals – designed to bring them up to speed. users where they want to go even faster. For this version, the browser chrome has been simplified and the toolbar now comes with clean and streamlined menus.
Mozilla’s research revealed that over half of Firefox users have more than four (04) tabs open all the time (some, like me, have many more). Tabs from this version of Firefox are now slightly curved and float above the toolbar as a reminder that tabs are not fixed. Another cool new feature with this latest release is that tabs have a glow to be a bit brighter when active.
The nonprofit has also updated notifications and alerts of all kinds in Firefox to take up less space for less jarring interruptions with non-essential alerts and messages have been completely removed. Auto Media Playback is now disabled by default to prevent interruption by unexpectedly projected random video.
Firefox 89 offers next-level security and privacy by extending full cookie protection to private browsing. As part of Mozilla’s mission to put the privacy and security of its users first in any technology they develop, this feature was initially rolled out in February 2021 as a new extra strong protection against users. cross-site tracking cookies.
Personally, one of the new features I loved in Firefox 89 is the updated prompts – info bars, panels, and modals sporting a cleaner design and clearer language.
Firefox for desktop, laptop and mobile is currently available in over ninety (90) languages, including Tagalog. Volunteers from the Mozilla community in the Philippines are currently working on locating the browser to Cebuano and Hiligaynon.
Still not using Firefox? Come on, try it this time.
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