Mozilla Firefox now available on Windows 11 Microsoft Store

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  • Windows 11 and Windows 10 users can now install Mozilla Firefox from the Microsoft Store. 
  • Users can now set Mozilla Firefox as their default web browser. 
  • Google is yet to avail Chrome to the Microsoft Store.

Today, Mozilla Firefox browser surpassed a major milestone. You can now find the web browser on Microsoft Store. It is available to both the Windows 11 and Windows 10 operating systems. 

Mozilla has been in a long-term push and shove situation with Microsoft. This is quite evident, especially when it comes to the default browser settings in Windows 11. However, this is now a thing of the past based on the move that they just pulled. 

Policy update

Before, users had to go through a tedious process just to have Firefox on their devices. Before July 2021, it was next to impossible for one to install browsers using independent engines because Microsoft did not accommodate them on the Microsoft Store. 

Thanks to the July update, both Chromium and Gecko are now available in the Microsoft Store. You can now install Mozilla Firefox on your laptop without going through the long processes. 

It is also worth noting that Chromium underpins the dominant Chrome browser. Although Google has not availed the application on the Microsoft Store. 

You can now easily set Mozilla Firefox as your default web browser thanks to the update on Microsoft’s Store policies. It also comes fitted with the latest features to ensure that the user experience is smooth and seamless.

Benefits 

Windows users that install Mozilla Firefox from the Microsoft Store will have access to the following features and advantages: 

  • Fast site loading and display using both Quantum CSS and WebRender. 
  • Allowance of Multi Picture-In-Picture, revolutionizing your entertainment experience. 
  • Personalized user experience thanks to the seasonal colorways incorporated in Mozilla Firefox.
  • Quick discoveries on the web thanks to Firefox Suggest. 
  • Provision of strong and reliable protections. Total protection from Cookies and enhanced tracking protection and DNS over HTTPS. 

Mozilla Firefox’s debut in Microsoft Store comes two months after it countered Microsoft’s one-click method for allowing users to use it as the default browser. 

Previously, Microsoft only signed off on allowing the Edge browser the chance to take on the default status using a single-click. 

However, users with third-party browsers have to go through a long and tedious process via the Settings and changing the individual file associations such as SVG, XHT, XHTML, FTP, HTTP, HTTPS, HTM, HTML, SHTML or PDF.

This move aims to provide users with an easy way to set the default browser. Operating systems should ensure that they provide official developers with support for default status.

Windows 11 and Windows 10 are yet to apply this change, thus, Firefox relies on other aspects of the Windows to provide users with a similar experience. The aim is to replicate the same relationship between Windows and Microsoft Edge. 

Are you able to set Mozilla Firefox as your default web browser on Windows 11 or Windows 10? Share your views with us in the comment section below.