Although Firefox is the second most used web browser worldwide, in the shadow of Chrome, Mozilla is doing an excellent job developing its browser. The main feature of this browser is your privacy. Firefox has always been placed as an alternative for those looking for a much more private option than the Google browser. And although it shares many functions and features with the Google browser, it also usually develops new functions so that its users can enjoy them.
Mozilla usually releases new versions of your browser periodically. These updates, in addition to correcting bugs and improving browser performance, generally also include new features and features to make the use of the browser as comfortable as possible to users.
A few hours ago, Mozilla has just launched a new version of its web browser, Firefox 71 . This will be the last feature update of 2019, and it comes with some interesting news.
What’s new in Firefox 71
One of the main novelties of this new version of Firefox is the PIP mode. Although its rival, Google Chrome, has already had this feature for a long time, it has not been until now when it has finally reached the Mozilla browser.
PIP mode allows us to display any embedded video on a website, such as YouTube, to play it in a separate floating window. In this way, we can continue watching the video in a mini-player while we continue visiting other websites. This function is activated by default for all users, so we will not have to do anything to start using it.
Another novelty that has come with this new version of the browser is a new kiosk mode. This mode can now be opened with the –kiosk parameter in the shortcut and allows you to open the browser in full screen mode automatically.
The advanced configuration menu, about: config , has also been rewritten from scratch. Now this menu is now written entirely in HTML and it is much easier to find entries in this menu and change them.
The Firefox certificate viewer has also been redesigned . Now this native section is very similar to the Certainly Something extension, and allows all users to have all browser certificates controlled.
Other important changes that have also reached Firefox
In addition to the previous ones, which will be the changes that most attract the attention of users, this new version of the browser has also brought other important changes designed to improve the user experience:
- Support for native MP3 encoding on Windows, macOS and Linux.
- New lenguages.
- The password manager, Firefox Lockwise, now automatically detects subdomains.
- Tracking protection now displays warnings when cryptocurrency mining software is blocked.
- Extension pop-ups now show the name of the extension.
Of course, we have also corrected the security flaws, which we can consult in this link , in addition to including changes in the code to improve browser stability and try to consume less memory.
How to download or update the browser
The new Firefox 71 is now available to all users. Those who are already using an earlier version of the browser (provided it is not ESR) will receive this new version automatically. Of course, we must bear in mind that the OTA update may take a few hours to arrive, so we must wait without haste.
If we want to force the Firefox update, what we have to do is open the options menu and move to the Help> About Firefox section .
If we do not have this browser installed on your computer, in the following link we explain how to download Firefox for Windows , Linux and macOS. In addition, we remind you that the new versions appear before the others in Mozilla FTP , so if we want, we can download this update from here before anyone else.