Firefox 60 is Out, Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Mozilla today released a new version of their Firefox browser. Version 60 reached the stable branch, bringing several important changes. Here are the key changes

Firefox Quantum Logo Banner

Firefox 60 represents the branch built with the new Quantum engine. It comes with a refined user interface, codenamed "Photon". The browser now comes without support for XUL-based add-ons, so all of the classic add-ons are deprecated and incompatible. See

Must have add-ons for Firefox Quantum

Thanks to the changes made to the engine and the UI, the browser is blazingly fast. The user interface of the app is more responsive and it also starts up noticeably faster. The engine renders web pages much faster than it ever did in the Gecko era.

Firefox 60 About Box

Here are the key changes in Firefox 60.

New Tab Page

The "New Tab" page now comes with an adaptive design and a refined user interface. It is optimized for wide screens and can display more elements and tiles. Its "Highlights" section includes web sites the user saved to the Pocket service.

Firefox 60 New Tab Page

 

Sponsored Content on New Tab page

Firefox users from the United States will see sponsored content generated by the Pocket service on the New Tab page. Mozilla promises that no-personal data is collected. This unpleasant feature can be disabled in the options of the New Tab page. Click on the gear icon at the top right and untick the box "Show Sponsored Stories".

Firefox 60 New Tab Page Sponsored Stories Option

Client Side Decorations on Linux

For Linux users, it is possible to disable the title bar and use the client side decorations feature. This can be done by entering into the Customize mode and disabling the Title bar option. The browser will hide the title bar. Buttons like Minimize/Maximize/Close will appear in the Tab row, next to the tabs.

Firefox 60 Client Side Decorations

Individual cookie management is removed

In Firefox 60, cookie settings were merged with site data. It is not possible to remove individual web site cookies anymore using the new GUI. It is possible to remove them using Developer Tools.Firefox 60 Cookies Management

Other changes

  • The user interface now uses Stylo (Quantum CSS engine), so it works faster and is more responsive than in Firefox 59 or earlier.
  • Symantec's certificates issued before June 2016 are distrusted.
  • WebRTC performance improvements
  • Improved camera and microphone indicators will allow the user to track device activity.
  • TCP Fast Open support for faster connections to web sites which support this technology. This option is disabled by default and can be enabled in about:config->network.tcp.tcp_fastopen_enable.
  • A new customizable Group Policy template for Enterprise customers.
  • Various security fixes.

Download Firefox 60

To get the browser, visit the following link:

Download Firefox

You will see a number of folders. Click on one of the following folders:

  • win32 - Firefox for Windows 32-bit
  • win64 - Firefox for Windows 64-bit
  • linux-i686 - Firefox for 32-bit Linux
  • linux-x86_64 - Firefox for 64-bit Linux
  • mac - Firefox for macOS

Each folder has subfolders organized by the browser's language. Click on the desired language and download the installer.

That's it.

9 thoughts on “Firefox 60 is Out, Here’s Everything You Need to Know

  1. Ban me

    Mozilla making Firefox more like MS Crapdows 10. Kill privacy, sell users…

    Reply
  2. Gordon Hay

    You can still remove individual cookies from the site information menu in the address bar (next to the padlock icon).

    The path is: click on the information icon(show site information)/right arrow(show connection information)/more information/view cookies
    then use either remove selected or remove all shown.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thank you for this useful tip!

      Reply
    2. Dolmatov

      Also from context menu:
      RMB on page -> View Page INFO -> Security -> View Cookies
      From setting manager working:
      http://moemesto.ru/Alex_dolmatov/file/15073497/11052018_.png

      Reply
  3. Alicia

    New Firefox still slow!

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      And with ads.

      Reply
  4. Eptagon

    I assume the “old” newtab was killed off for good this time? Making it work was hard enough before and it seems it’s completely disabled now.

    At least the new version seems a tad less ugly than it used to be.

    Reply
  5. Ray Donovan

    I’m still enjoying all my add-ons back here on FF v56.0.2. I’m just thankful that Mozilla added in Multi-Process support before they dumped XUL support. Right now I’ve got 16 windows and 67 tabs open and it still runs nice and smooth. There’s just absolutely no motivation to “downgrade” to FF Quantum. =)

    Reply
    1. Adowrath

      You can use Waterfox as an alternative. It still gets security patches from newer versions of Firefox, and has no problems running smoothly with over 500 tabs open in two windows – even without multiprocessor enabled which bricks both WF and FF on my pc.
      As long as WF is not terribly outdated, I am going to stick with it. No way in hell will I give up the extensiveness of my Session Manager addon for one of the poor replacements that exist as WebExtensions.

      Reply

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