Mozilla rolls out its new and improved Firefox 50.0 browser

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The release of Mozilla’s Firefox 50.0, the latest, more stable version of the Firefox web browser, had been previously delayed due to several issues detected in Firefox’s code.

Mozilla finally started seeding the binary and source packages of the final release of the Firefox 50.0 web browser to all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows. Overall, the upgrade isn’t all that game-changing, just small improvements here and there. The most interesting feature is the addition of built-in emojis for all platforms without native emoji fonts.

One more notable aspect of the browser is the lock icon strike through for all web pages that contain insecure password fields. There is also a minor upgrade that allows users to cycle through tabs in the recently used order via the Ctrl+Tab keyboard shortcut. The ‘Find in page’ feature enables users to search for content on a whole web page pronto; just press Ctrl+F to enable the functionality.

This update also delivers new set of accessibilities to Web developers. Have a detailed look at them below:

Developer Changes

  • “The Storage Inspector of the Developer Tools lets you delete individual items from IndexedDB object stores now.
  • Memory Tool is enabled by default.
  • Cookie prefixes _Host and _Secure are implemented.
  • Referrer-Policy header has been implemented.
  • Support for sandbox CSP directive has been added.
  • Content Security Policy can be set for workers.
  • Ping attribute of a elements  abides by connect-src CSP 1.1 policy directive.
  • Support for dragging and dropping multiple items via HTML5 added (DataTransfer.items).
  • Set of File and Directory Entries API elements have been added to improve site compatibility.”

The browser version replaces previous stable versions, including the recently released Firefox 49.0.2, 49.0.1 and 49.0. It is worth mentioning that the Firefox Beta is now on version 51 and all beta channels have received the updates. Moreover, the Firefox ESR has been updated to version 45.5.

The public release 50.0 is definitely a huge milestone for the company. As disappointing as the delayed release might seem, it was all for a good cause. The developers have managed to recover a bug in Firefox add-on SDK module, which was causing performance delays on the start-up of the program.

Automatic updates are enabled by default in all Firefox versions, so you don’t have to do anything to receive the newer version. However, if you have disabled it for any reason, or want to speed up the process, you can manually kick off the latest update by tapping on the Alt-key in the browser, and selecting Help > About Firefox. The current version is then displayed on the window that pops up and update check is triggered.

You can download Firefox for Windows (X64) right here.

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