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Firefox 72 Released, Here Are The Changes

Mozilla is releasing Firefox 72, a new version of the popular web browser. Version 72 is notable for picture-in-picture mode enabled on Linux and Mac, improvements made to the tracking protection feature,  and a reduced number of notification requests.

What's new Firefox 72

Picture-in-picture on Linux and MacOS

The long awaited PIP feature has become fully available in Firefox 71, but only on Windows. This has changed with Firefox 72, which extends PIP mode support to Linux and MacOS.

PIP allows watching video content independently from the browser's tab. Videos in PIP mode appear in their own flyout window.

You'll See Fewer Notification Requests

Firefox 72 now hides notification requests which pop-up automatically BEFORE you click anything on the currently open web site. Some sites display a request to show you web notifications before you click or read anything. I.e. it is enough just to open such a web site.

For such web sites, Firefox will show a notification icon in the address bar next to the web site URL. See the following screenshot:

You will see the notification request only if you click on that icon. Otherwise, it won't disturb you.

Tracking Protection Improvements

Starting in Firefox 72, the browser blocks all the scripts that collect fingerprints. This feature is now enabled by default for all users.

Other changes

  • Experimental support for client certificates installed in the operating system.
  • General stability and security improvements

Download Firefox 72

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 32-bit for Windows
  • win64 - Firefox 64-bit for Windows
  • 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.

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3 thoughts on “Firefox 72 Released, Here Are The Changes

  1. David Plaut

    On Firefox article. It is “Fewer notification requests” not “less.” Pet peeve of mine. Fewer is for discrete countable items.
    I have fewer dollars to day than yesterday.
    Less is for non-discrete values. I have less money than I had yesterday.

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  2. Dave

    I already got PiP on FF68 esl on win 10. Those damn ads do it all the time. You scroll down so you can’t see them on the top of the page and they pop up in a PIP at the bottom of your screen.

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