Mozilla Releases Firefox 64-bit for Windows

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Check out what the latest Firefox 43.0 update has to offer.

Mozilla said the upgrade should result in “added performance for applications and games.” Don’t be surprised, though, if certain sites requiring plugins that worked in previous 32-bit versions don’t work in Firefox 64-bit for Windows. While it intends to stop work on its chat software Thunderbird and to slow down the development of its alternative mobile operating system Firefox OS, the Mozilla Foundation has unveiled a new update for its internet browser Firefox (43.0). Firefox has recently become available for iOS, where it offers private browsing (no browsing history or cookies recorded) and the option for users to sync their account and access their favorites, browsing history and passwords whatever the device used. Also this week, Mozilla rolled out more user control over how data is shared in Firefox; folks can now block additional trackers in Private Browsing with Tracking Protection. It was confirmed at the end of November, however, that Microsoft’s Silverlight plug-in, the runtime that even Adobe Flash laughs at, will be supported by the 64-bit edition.

Net surfers now have a choice between blocking by default, classic blocking, and the possibility of blocking absolutely all types of tracker, with the risk of making some sites unstable. While browsing in a private window, it blocks ads, analytics trackers, social share buttons, and other content that may record behavior without your knowledge. Coming a full nine months after its preview edition, this is by far the biggest change in Firefox 43, which has been released across all platforms today. If that’s not enough, though, choose a “strict” protection block list, which will stop additional trackers—like those found in video, photos, and embeddable content.

The company has long held Linux 64-bit editions, but this first for Windows comes as the company continues its assault on the Windows 10 updaters who are actively encouraged, nay nagged, to use the new Microsoft Edge browser, which as yet has no extensions at all, although they are said to be on the way. Mac users are still without a 64-bit edition, but for Windows users Firefox has finally caught up with the other ‘big five’ browsers that have had 64-bit support for years in most cases. The impact on you at home: Once you install 64-bit Firefox—assuming you are also running a 64-bit version of Windows—it will be hard to tell the difference between it and the 32-bit version.

Most of the big improvements happen behind the scenes, although the 64-bit version should be able to keep more tabs open without slowing as well as run web apps that require 64-bit support. 64-bit programs are able to address more than 4GB of memory, allowing for better performance. Conscious of not offering the best user experience after several years of development, Mozilla has nonetheless decided to continue to try it out on connected devices. The company confirmed that it had pulled out of the mobile market, declaring its Firefox OS dead, although it may be repurposed for IoT devices in the future. µ This is part of Mozilla’s plan to cease support for NPAPI plugins such as Java and Silverlight. (Other browser makers are taking similar actions.) That said, Flash will continue to be available owing to its popularity for web video.

Beyond the 64-bit switch, Firefox 43 also brings search suggestions to the Awesome Bar, and better on-screen keyboard compatibility for touch devices running Windows 8 and up.

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