Firefox 48 beta is out with multiprocess mode enabled by default

Earlier, we noted that developers are going to enable multiprocess mode, known as process-per-tab or electrolysis (e10s) for 1% of users who do not use add-ons. Unlike the release version, Firefox 48 beta comes with electrolysis enabled for everyone.

Firefox 48 betaBy having electrolysis enabled for all beta users, Firefox developers will be able to test it widely and fix many issues before it reaches those 1% of users without add-ons in the stable branch. This should make the electrolysis migration process more smooth and painless. Users and add-on developers can test their extensions for compatibility with multiprocess mode.

Other interesting changes in Firefox 48 include:

  • The address bar search history and search suggestions now use the whole browser window for the drop down list. Earlier, it was limited to the address bar width:Firefox 48 address bar suggestion
  • Improved stability and quality of WebRTC connections.
  • Refined bookmark interface comes with "Unsorted bookmarks" renamed to "Other bookmarks".Firefox 48 other bookmarks
  • Improved font rendering under Linux.
  • Added the ability to customize the main toolbar using only keyboard shortcuts.
  • The improved WebExtensions API will allow loading Chrome extensions without modification using debug mode. Improved compatibility with Chrome add-ons.
  • The about:debugging page got the ability to reload extensions:reload extension
  • Lots of changes for developers.

You can download Firefox 48 beta here:

Download Firefox Beta

Have you tried Firefox 48 beta? Which add-ons stopped working for you? Have you faced any issues with the new e10s mode? Tell us in the comments.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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