Mozilla today released a new version of their Firefox browser. Version 62 reached the stable branch, bringing a number of important fixes. Here are the key changes in this release.
Firefox 62 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
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.
Here are the key changes in Firefox 62.
New Bookmark Dialog
A new UI for the Add/remove bookmark dialog has been implemented in the browser. It includes a screenshot of the web page and its favicon.
Also, the description field for bookmarks has been removed. According to Mozilla, this will speed up performance of Bookmark Manager. Also, the description field was not used by the bookmark search feature.
More customizable New Tab page
Thanks to new options, you will be able to show or hide sections on the New Tab page of Firefox. There are a number of checkboxes which control visibility of Web Search, Highlights, Top Sites, etc. Navigate to Options - Home (on the left) - Firefox Home Content (on the right).
Clear Cookies and Site Data Quickly
There is a new command in the Site Information flyout that allows removing cookies and other data. Click on the web site information icon next to the web site URL in the address bar to access the command. See the following screenshot.
Tip: See how to Remove Individual Web Site Cookies in Firefox 60 and above.
Tracking Protection Option in Menu
A new option in the main menu allows the user to toggle Tracking Protection in Firefox. Clicking on the Tracking Protection item in the menu will directly open the Tracking Protection in Options\Privacy & Security. There is also a toggle switch option visible next to the menu item name that allows the user to enable or disable the tracking protection feature directly.
When Tracking Protection is enabled, the browser blocks all known trackers. Also, it may speed up site loading time by 44% for many web sites. However, on certain web sites it may break the HTML layout. That’s why Mozilla has added the new option, allowing the user to quickly enable or disable tracking protection.
When tracking protection is enabled, the browser shows a special shield icon in the address bar.
You can quickly whitelist the currently opened web site from the Site Information flyout.
Remove Private Data When Disconnecting Firefox Sync
When you disconnect Sync in Firefox 62, you'll see a new dialog that offers to remove your sensitive data, such as cookies, cache, offline web site data, along with data used by Sync, including bookmarks, browsing history, and saved passwords.
Download Firefox 62
To get the browser, visit the following link:
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.