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Firefox Review 2019

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What's New in the Latest Firefox Update

Mozilla released Firefox 71 (aka Firefox Quantum) on December 3, 2019. Firefox was once the top web browser as far as popularity in terms of global usage when compared to the leading web browser like Internet Explorer (IE) and Google Chrome, since its launch in November 2004.

However, Google Chrome has climbed to the top spot catching up with Internet Explorer and overtaken Firefox, in terms of its global usage share. I've used all three browsers and currently Firefox still remains my preferred browser because of its overall versatility, privacy and security.

Though, one of the main reasons, I decided to try Google Chrome was because Firefox had slowed down considerably, in terms of speed. Since 2016, Mozilla has been making significant efforts to get Firefox back on track and I believe, overall they've managed to do a pretty good job catching up. This work continued in 2017 and 2018 and we can expect many more significant changes in 2019.

Since early 2011, Firefox has been releasing regular updates, what they call, Rapid Releases. These updates are released approximately once every six weeks. Therefore, we can expect to see several new browser versions in a year.

I've beta tested many and used most of the Firefox rapid release versions. On this web page, I will review key features, improvements and changes in the latest browser updates. Also, you will find links to download the latest version of Firefox and release notes , as well as Firefox Help.

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Firefox 71 Review 2019

Firefox 71 Changes & New Features in 2019

On December 3, 2019 Mozilla released Firefox 71. It is the seventh and last major browser update in 2019. Mozilla has continued fixing bugs and security vulnerabilities in these updates. Also, there were improvements to Enhanced Tracking Protection. That being said, there was not much to report in terms of new features, but I will highlight some of the key changes.

Firstly, Picture-in-Picture (PIP) Mode is now available in Firefox for Windows users. This is a useful features if you're browsing the internet while watching a video. Essentially, activating PIP mode will open the video in an independent window. This allows users to browse the current webpage or even switch tabs while the video still plays.

Secondly, Mozilla introduced a new Certificates Viewer which displays more information about the certificate as well as opens the certificate in a separate tab, instead of a separate window. To open a certificate, you can right-click in a blank section of the webpage and choose "View Page Info". And finally, go to the Security tab and click on "View Certificate".

Thirdly, Mozilla reimplemented the Configuration page in HTML. This the page where you will find all the Firefox Preferences. I personally preferred the older version because you could use the title fields to sort the preferences, as well as, it displayed many more results on one page.


There were a few other browser updates including: improvements in Firefox Lockwise, this is related to password management; this new version has native MP3 decoding for Windows, Linux, and macOS; there were improvements in Enhanced Tracking Protection; and a kiosk mode for enterprise.

You will find the list of detailed changes and improvements in the Release Notes. In terms of the Browsermark Benchmark test results, the overall performance of Firefox remained steady, though comparatively, Google Chrome continues to outperform.

Firefox 70 Review 2019

Firefox 70 Changes & New Features in 2019

On October 22, 2019 Mozilla released Firefox 70 which is the sixth major browser update in 2019. There were a few changes and improvements implemented which I cover in the video review above.

This year, Mozilla has continued their efforts into making Firefox privacy-centric for its users. They implemented the Enhanced Tracking Protection feature a while back and have continued to improve it. Currently, you will find 3 enhanced tracking protection options: Standard, Strict, and Custom. In this new browser update, Mozilla has added Social Media Trackers to Ehanced Traction Protection. This will help users better manage their privacy settings and keep trackers at bay.

Also, Mozilla has introduced a Firefox Privacy Protection Report, As part of the tracking protection enhancements. This report shows users how many times Firefox blocked tracking attempts from social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. The report also notifies users notified of known data breaches via Firefox Monitor. Another feature of this privacy report is that users can manage their login passwords as well as synced devices via Firefox Lockwise.

This new browser update also comes with a couple of performance improvements. One of these improvements includes a new JavaScript Baseline Interpreter expected to improve page loading by 8 percent. Also, in this new release Mozilla has rolled out WebRender to a broader Firefox userbase. It is now available by default for Windows with integrated Intel graphics cards and resolution of 1920x1200 or less.

So these were some of the notable changes in Firefox 70. You can check the list of detailed changes in the Release Notes. As always, I ran the Browsermark Benchmark test. The performance of Firefox 70 based on the results remained steady. Though comparatively, Google Chrome continues to outperform.

Firefox 69 Review 2019

Firefox 69 Changes & New Features in 2019

Mozilla released Firefox 69, on September, 2019. This is the fifth major browser update in 2019. There were a few improvements and changes implemented in this new browser release which I discuss down below.

First of all, Mozilla has implemented performance improvements for Windows 10 users via the Process Priority Manager. They’ve introduced a new Firefox Preference "dom.ipc.processPriorityManager.enabled". This will help set content process priority levels, essentially giving active tabs priority, by dedicating more processor power and de-prioritizing background tabs.

Tracking Protection was introduced by Mozilla a while back and they have continued to enhance it. In Firefox 69, third-party tracking cookies and cryptomining scripts are automatically blocked by default. If you use the STRICT settings, you will notice that it blocks fingerprinters as well. And the CUSTOM settings, give you a little more flexibility to customize your personalized settings.

Autoplay Blocking has also been enhanced in this new version of Firefox. Under Privacy & Security, in the PERMISSIONS section, if you click the SETTINGS button (for autoplay). Now, you will see new autoplay options to block any kind of autoplay.

In Firefox 69, the Adobe Flash Player has been disabled by default. As you probably are aware, Adobe Flash will be deprecated in 2020. Mozilla has now removed the ALWAYS ACTIVATE option (for Flash Player content).

And finally, UserChrome.CSS and UserContent.CSS won’t load automatically anymore. Some Firefox users used these CSS files to customize Firefox for a personalized experience. So if you’ve been using these CSS files, you’ll need to change the Firefox Preference below, from False to True: "toolkit.legacyUserProfileCustomizations.stylesheets"

So these were some of the notable changes in Firefox 69. You can check the list of detailed changes in the Release Notes. In terms of the Browsermark Benchmark test results, the overall performance of Firefox was slightly better compared to the earlier version, though Google Chrome continues to outperform.

Firefox 68 Review 2019

Firefox 68 Changes & New Features in 2019

Mozilla released Firefox 68 on July 9, 2019. This is the fourth major browser update in 2019. There were a few improvements, changes and security fixes implemented in this new browser release.

One of the key changes is related to the Add-ons Manager. If you go to about:addons, you'll notice that this section has been redesigned for each of the add-ons. You’ll find an ellipsis button that drops down into a menu, with several options like Disable and Remove. As well as, a new button, to Report a specific add-on for security and performance issues.

For add-ons that are set to be used in Private Browsing mode, you'll notice this little purple icon next to it. Mozilla has also added a Recommended Extensions section that lists down personalized extensions that you may find useful. If you want to hide this Recommended Extensions section, you will need to update the Firefox Preference "extensions.htmlaboutaddons.recommendations.enabled" to "False".

In earlier Firefox browser updates, Mozilla added and enhanced crypto-mining and fingerprinting blocking options for known crypto-miners and finger-printers under the CUSTOM settings. In Firefox 68, Cryptomining and fingerprinting protection has also been added to STRICT content blocking settings, under Privacy & Security preferences.

Mozilla has enhanced the Reader View which provides an optimized page, for reading. Essentially, the Reader View hides page elements like menus, sidebars, ads, etc. to provide a clean and reader-friendly page. In Firefox 68, you’ll find a Dark mode option which is useful, especially if you’re using the Dark Firefox theme.

Some other changes include the rollout of WebRender for Windows 10 users with systems equipped with AMD graphics cards. Additionally, errors caused by antivirus software detected by the browser will be automatically fixed. Also, camera and microphone access will now require an HTTPS connection for security reasons.

You can check the list of detailed changes in the Release Notes. In terms of the Browsermark Benchmark test results, the overall performance of Firefox was slightly better compared to the earlier version, though Firefox continues to lag behind Google Chrome.

Firefox 67 Review 2019

Firefox 67 Changes & New Features in 2019

Mozilla released Firefox 67 on May 21st and this is the third major browser update in 2019. There were a few performance improvements and changes implemented in this new browser release. In this video I cover some of the notable changes in Firefox 67.

In terms of browser performance, Mozilla has introduced a few improvements: (1) de-prioritizing background tasks; (2) suspending idle or unused tabs; (3) faster start up if you've customized Firefox with a theme or add-ons.

Firefox 67 introduces dedicated profiles which will allow users to install multiple versions of the browser side-by-side. Firefox profiles store information like bookmarks, passwords, and user-preferences. With dedicated profiles, the browser will remain more stable, as opposed to using a single profile.

In terms of privacy and security, Mozilla has added crypto-mining and fingerprinting blocking options for known crypto-miners and finger-printers. Apart from providing enhanced privacy and security, this feature will also help enhance browser performance.

There were also some enhancements to private browsing mode. You can now control which Firefox Extensions run in private browsing mode. As well as, an option to save passwords. In the password manager, you now have an option to disable auto-fill logins and saving of passwords.

Firefox Screenshots has been a popular feature. In previous versions of Firefox, you could save screenshots to the cloud on the Firefox server. Starting in Firefox 67, this option will be disabled because it's not being used a lot. But, you will still be able to download screenshots to your local drive, as well as, copy it to clipboard.

You will notice the Firefox Profile icon in the toolbar (in the top-right corner). If you're logged into your account, you will see several options for syncing tabs and devices, and managing your account.

You can check the full list of detailed changes in the Firefox Release Notes. As always, I ran the Browsermark Benchmark test. From the results, the overall performance of Firefox 67 remained steady compared to the earlier version. On the other hand, Google Chrome still continues to outperform Firefox in terms of overall performance.

Firefox 66 Review 2019

Firefox 66 Changes & New Features in 2019

Mozilla released Firefox 66 on March 19, 2019 which is the second major rapid release browser update in 2019. Several performance improvements as well as a few changes were implemented in this new browser release which I cover in the video above.

When you visit a website which is set to autoplay sound, Firefox will now automatically prevent websites from playing the sound for videos or audio. You will see a special icon (in the address bar) when audio is blocked. You will have the option to control which sites autoplay sound by allowing or blocking them. You can also set up exceptions, under Preferences and Privacy.

Mozilla has improved tab search functionality, so when you have many tabs open in a browser window, you can use the Tab Overflow menu and use the Search Tabs option to search.

This new version supports scroll anchoring which will prevent web pages from abruptly jumping around as content and ads are still loading. This will provide better experience when visiting a page and reading content.

Mozilla has updated security certificate warning messages so that they are simple and straightforward to understand.

Yet another improvement implemented in this new browser version is easier password-less security via support for Windows Hello (on Windows 10). This will allow users to use fingerprint, face recognition or external security keys for website authentication.

Firefox 66 also includes improved performance for Extensions which now store their settings in a Firefox database instead of individual JSON files. This is expected to make the sites, that you visit, much faster.

And finally, another performance improvement is with the content processes. Mozilla has doubled the content processes, from 4 to 8 which is expected to improve overall browser performance and reduce crash rates.

You can check the full list of detailed changes in the Firefox Release Notes. As always, I ran the Browsermark Benchmark test. From the results, the overall performance of Firefox 66 remained steady compared to the earlier version. On the other hand, Google Chrome continues to outperform Firefox in terms of overall performance.

Firefox 65 Review 2019

Firefox 65 Changes & New Features in 2019

Firefox 65 was released by Mozilla on January 29, 2019 and is the first major browser update in 2019. Since the all new Firefox Quantum stable version was released in 2017, Mozilla has been making significant changes and improvements to make the Firefox browser even more robust.

This new browser update includes a few improvements and changes and I've covered some of the notable changes in the video review above. Listed down below, you will also find these key changes.

Tracking Protection has been enhanced in this new version. The content blocking settings have been redesigned and simplified. This gives users 3 options to control online trackers and cookies as follows:

(1) The STANDARD option: blocks known trackers in Private Browsing mode; (2) The STRICT option: is for users who want a little more protection and don’t mind if some sites break; (3) And finally, the CUSTOM option: is for users who want complete control, to pick and choose what trackers and cookies, they want to block.

This new browser update also supports AV1 technology, for Windows users, providing a better video streaming experience. AV1 is the next-generation, royalty-free, video compression technology, allowing producers and consumers of content to access the best, in video compression technology.

Mozilla also introduced support for WebP image format in Firefox 65. WebP brings the same image quality, as existing formats, like PNG and JPEG, but at smaller file sizes resulting in faster page loading, as well as, saving bandwidth.

The new Performance Management section has also been revamped. A new column with memory usage for Tabs and Add-ons has been added. This can be very useful to help identify, a specific tab or add-on, that may be slowing down the browser.

Finally, you will notice an updated Language section (in Preferences) for a better experience, for multi-lingual users. This allows users to install multiple language packs without having to download locale-specific versions.

You can check the full list of detailed changes in the Firefox Release Notes. Based on the Browsermark Benchmark test results, the overall performance of Firefox 65 improved a little compared to the earlier version. On the other hand, Google Chrome continued to outperform in overall performance.

Firefox Review 2018

Firefox Changes and New Features in 2018

Firefox 58 was the first major browser update in 2018 and was released on January 23, 2018. Since Mozilla introduced the all new Firefox Quantum in 2017, the changes, improvements and new features continue to make their way in new updates that are released on a regular basis.

I've been closely following all the major changes being implemented by Mozilla over the past few years and thankfully for me, Firefox has been working well, especially Quantum. Though, this has not been the case for everyone.

With new releases, there are always bug fixes and fixes to security vulnerabilities and that's one of the reasons, it's best to always keep your browser up-to-date. In Firefox 58, many of the security fixes were aimed towards countering Spectre an Meltdown which wreaked havoc around the world.

In terms of performance improvements, Mozilla improved rendering of graphics , for Windows users, by using OMTP (or Off-Main Thread Painting) which more efficiently paints your screen using a dedicated CPU thread.

Firefox engineers created a test that simulates running JavaScript while running this test and frame rate improved by 30%. Another performance improvement was JavaScript Startup Bytecode Cache (JSBC) which is an optimization made to improve the time to fully load a web page.

Tracking Protection was already available for users in Private Browsing mode. Mozilla now offers an option for tracking protection "all the time" which can be found under Privacy & Security. Apart from privacy protection, it also contributes to faster page loading.

Another privacy enhancement in Firefox 59 was the ability to block new notification requests from websites, as well as, allowing users more flexibility in terms of managing settings for individual website notifications. Additionally, in Private Browsing mode there is a new enhancement to prevent cross-site tracking.

Firefox Screenshots also received a couple of enhancements. Users can now take screenshots in Private Browsing mode. Additionally, you can now copy the screenshot to the clipboard. In Firefox 59, a new annotation tool, to draw and highlight, on saved screenshots was implemented.

In Firefox 60, Web Authentication API was enabled by default to provide an extra layer of security with two-factor authentication. This technology allows users to use security devices like the Yubikey allowing secure logging into accounts.

In Firefox 61, Mozilla further improved security with on-by-default support for the latest draft of TLS 1.3 also known as Transport Layer Security which is synonymous with HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol).

In Firefox 62, Mozilla introduced further enhancements for the Home page in which they provided more customization options to display 4 rows of Top Sites, Pocket Stories and Highlights. They also added a new Tracking Protection toggle button in the Menu section. Additionally, if you use the Sync feature, you now have an option to wipe your synced data from that device like cookies and cache.

In Firefox 63, the build infrastructure has now been moved to the Clang tool-chain for Windows which is expected to bring more performance improvements. Also, as Mozilla continues to enhance tracking protection, they've introduced Content Blocking to provide users more control over trackers and third-party tracking cookies.

On the Firefox Home Page, if you’ve enabled Top Sites, you will notice 2 new search shortcuts for Google and Amazon. This is currently available only in the US. If you’re on Windows 10, the Firefox theme now matches the Dark and Light modes, in Windows 10 operating system by default.

If you have multiple tabs and windows open, Firefox will now give you a warning message about having multiple windows and tabs open, when quitting from the main menu.

In Firefox 64, more improvements were implemented. You will notice that Tab Management has been enhanced. Users now have the ability to select multiple tabs allowing users to close, move, bookmark, pin, share multiple tabs at once.

Another improvement is in tab performance management which gives users an overview of the tabs and the amount of energy being consumed by each tab. This provides users more control to manage each tab, especially those that consume too much energy.

Firefox users in the United States will notice relevant recommendations when browsing in regular mode. For example, when browsing YouTube, you may find a recommendation to add the Enhance for YouTube extension. These recommendations include relevant Firefox features, services, and extensions.

There were a few other improvements and changes which you will find in the Release Notes. As Mozilla continues its quest to make Firefox even better, we can expect to see many more browser improvements in 2019 and I will be keeping track and reporting on some of the key changes as the year progresses.

Firefox Quantum Review 2017

Firefox 57 (aka Firefox Quantum) New Fast Fierce

Mozilla released their latest browser update Firefox 57 (aka Firefox Quantum) on November 14, 2017. This is the seventh major browser update in 2017 and will be the last for this year.

Firefox Quantum has been built from the ground up. It has been more than a year in the making since Mozilla announced Project Quantum, which has been one of their biggest efforts to create the next-generation web engine.

Project Electrolysis (e10s) laid the groundwork for Project Quantum, which splits the browser into multiple processes to improve responsiveness, stabilty and security of the browser. Project Quantum has several components and the work will continue in 2017 and 2018, to make Firefox even better.

Thanks to Project Photon, Firefox 57 comes with a major visual redesign to make the user-interface minimalistic, modern and intuitive. You will notice some changes to the UI for example, the new Library icon that provides quick access to bookmarks, Pocket, history, downloads, tabs, & screenshots.

Firefox Quantum is twice as fast when compared to Firefox a year ago, based on tests run by Mozilla, using the Speedometer 2.0 Benchmark. Based on my own Firefox Browsermark Benchmark tests, I've seen a significant performance improvement since Mozilla announced Project Electrolysis.

Check my Firefox Quantum video review above to learn more about this new Firefox browser update. Also, in the sections below, you will find details on some of the key changes and improvements that were implemented in Firefox in 2017.

Firefox 56 Review 2017

Firefox Changes & New Features in 2017

Mozilla updates its Firefox Browser approximately once every 6 weeks. In 2017, we’ve had seven major updates so far. The latest browser update is Firefox 57 (aka Firefox Quantum) which was released on November 14, 2017 and you can check the review in the video in the section above.

Let me start off with some of the major changes that were implemented in Firefox 51 which was released on January 24, 2017. Mozilla introduced support for FLAC playback, which is an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC, without any loss in quality. This means that you can now play, any FLAC file directly in Firefox.

In terms of security enhancements, you will now see a new warning displayed when a login page does not have a secure connection. It will be in the form of a grey-lock icon, with a red strike-through on the address bar. And you can click on it, to get more information. This security feature was further enhanced in FF52.

Mozilla has made more improvements with their Multi-Process (e10s) project which they introduced earlier in 2016. This was the first time it was enabled in my browser and I saw a significant difference in performance based on the Browsermark benchmark test results.

Mozilla has finally added support for WebGL 2 in Firefox 51. WebGL stands for Web Graphics Library. It is a JavaScript API, for rendering interactive 2D & 3D computer graphics without the need for plugins. WebGL2 comes with many new features, mostly focused towards increased performance & visual fidelity.

In Firefox 52, NPAPI support has been removed, for Firefox plugins except for Adobe Flash. NPAPI or “Netscape Plugins API” is a plugins infrastructure, that was developed way back in 1995, for the Netscape browser, on which Mozilla built Firefox.

Due to the age of the API and security issues, as well as, the adoption of plugin-free web technologies such as HTML5 major web browser vendors, began to phase out NPAPI support, back in 2013. In September 2015, Google permanently dropped NPAPI support in Google Chrome 45.

Mozilla had announced that this change was coming via their blog in October 2015. If you still need to use NPAPI plugins, you can download the ESR (Extended Support Release) version of Firefox. The Firefox Sync feature has also been enhanced. You can now send and open tabs from one device to another. In order to use the Sync feature, you will need to have a Firefox account and be logged in.

Firefox 53 was released by Mozilla on April 19, 2017. Mozilla has been working on implementing some major changes in Firefox. In 2016, they introduced Project e10s or multi-process architecture to help improve the stability, performance and security of the browser.

This project is still on-going, but starting in Firefox 53, they have now introduced Project Quantum. The first component of Project Quantum, which is Quantum Compositor, made its way in this new browser update. Project Quantum is Mozilla's ambitious plan to create a next-generation web engine that leverages from modern hardware.

Quantum Compositor speeds up Firefox and prevents graphics crashes on Windows. Quantum Compositor will be enabled for about 70% of Firefox users. Those on Windows 7 SP1, and above; and on computers equipped with, Intel, Nvidia or AMD, graphics cards.

Based on tests conducted by Mozilla, this resulted in: 17% fewer driver related crashes; 22% fewer Direct3D related crashes; and 11% fewer Direct3D accelerated video crashes.

There were other changes that Mozilla implemented in Firefox 53 including: changes to Permission Notifications; two new compact themes; an enhancement to Reader Mode; and a few others.

In Firefox 54 which was released on June 13, 2017, there were no major changes implemented. The only notable change was addition of multiple content processes as part of the overall Project Electrolysis (e10s) that began in 2016.

Firefox 55 which was released on August 8, 2017, comes with a couple of major performance improvements related to Project e10s (multi-process architecture) and Project Quantum. In this browser release, Mozilla also bring Virtual Reality to Firefox via WebVR technology using the Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE.

In terms of performance improvements, Mozilla has introduced a couple of options for users to optimize performance settings for hardware acceleration and limit the number of content processes. For users with more than 8GB of RAM on their computers, they can increase the number of processes to up to 7 processed, though 4 processes is recommended in such cases.

Mozilla also introduced Firefox Screenshots, a built-in feature, to take screenshots of webpages. You can take screenshots of full pages or sections of webpages and save them to your computer or to the cloud. This feature is currently in beta, so not everyone will have access to it. You can however, get access to Firefox Screenshots by changing the value of this Firefox Preference to "False" (extensions.screenshots.system-disabled).

In Firefox 56, released September 28, 2017, there were only a minor updates as Mozilla was gearing up for their much anticipated Firefox Quantum release. The Preferences section was redesigned and you can now open Preferences using the Menu icon and choosing Options. You will also notice that Mozilla has streamlined this section into 4 major tabs.

The other update was Firefox Screenshots which was made available to a few users in FF55 (as discussed earlier). This screenshots feature is now available to all Firefox users.

Firefox 50 Video Review 2016

Firefox Changes & New Features in 2016

Mozilla has been updating their Firefox internet browser on a regular basis since early 2011. These updates come in the form of stable Rapid Release versions approximately once every six weeks.

The latest stable Rapid Release version, Firefox 50 was released on November 15, 2016. This is the seventh and last major rapid release for the year 2016. Mozilla has undertaken their biggest project so far and started rolling it out in FF48. This project called Electrolysis (e10s), which will split the browser into multi-process, is designed to improve the responsiveness, stability and security of the browser.

In Firefox 50, a bigger user base will have multi-process enabled. The project will be implemented in phases and I explain in more detail in the video above. In total, there have been over 15,000 bug fixes and fixes to security vulnerabilities in the 2016 updates thus far.

Some of the key changes and features that were implemented in 2016 include: the H.264 video decoder has been enabled (if your system supports it), if not, Web M/VP9 video decoder will be enabled. Tab Groups have been retired, mostly because this feature was not used much, instead, they have introduced Synced Tabs which allows users to access open tabs across devices. Enhanced protection against malicious downloads. And finally, they have enhanced the JavaScript (JIT) or Just-in-Time compiler in order to make it more secure

Also, Extension Signing was enforced by Mozilla as a security measure to counter malicious spyware, malware and adware making their way to your computer via Firefox add-ons. This means that if you are using Firefox add-ons that are not signed in, they will be disabled by default. Starting in Firefox 48, the Firefox Preference to override this mandatory requirement as a temporary measure has been disabled.

The Login Manager in Firefox will now allow HTTPS pages to use saved HTTP logins. So if you saved a password on an HTTP site, it will now work on an HTTPS site.

In FF49, Mozilla has retired Firefox Hello which was a text, voice, and video communication tool that ran on WebRTC. It was first introduced in beta in December 2014. They have provided some third-party alternatives like Talky, Appear.in, Jitsi Meet, and Cisco Spark.

Firefox Changes Implemented in 2015

With so many updates being released each year, Mozilla has released a total of nine updates in 2015 with thousands of bug fixes, several improvements and a few new features. In 2014, Firefox has made over 20,000 bug fixes and fixes to security vulnerabilities.

In 2015, there have been over 29,000 bug fixes so far. Overall, Mozilla has been doing a good job with the rapid release updates that were released in 2015, based on my experience. In fact, based on the results of the browser benchmark test that I ran, Firefox has outperformed Google Chrome in terms of overall performance.

However, with the Firefox 37 release, the overall performance dropped. This of course, is based on my personal experience with using the browser. I experienced several browser crashes and could not run the Peacekeeper browser benchmark test after updating my browser, until the updated version 37.0.1.

Having said so, Firefox 38 was a welcome change and did much better than the earlier release based on the results of the browser benchmark test I ran. Until, the new version 39 came out, I still experienced browser crashes, though not as many as compared to version 38. There was not much in terms of new features in FF38 apart from the tab-based preferences. FF38 also included Ruby support which is geared towards the Asian users, specifically Japanese and Chinese.

In Firefox 39, there were over 3,200 bug fixes, including fixes to security vulnerabilities. But in terms of new features, again there was not much. The only notable new feature was the ability to share Firefox Hello URLs on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and others. If you are not aware of Firefox Hello, check the section below. Having updated to the latest version 39, I've not had any browser crashes so far.

In Firefox 40, Mozilla introduced an upgraded version specifically to work with the Windows 10 operating system. The enhancement were mainly geared towards working better with the touch-screen feature in Windows 10.

With cyber attacks on the rise, Mozilla is making serious efforts to monitor and counter malicious downloads via add-ons and extensions. Users will start receiving warning messages for add-ons that are not approved by Mozilla. These were two of the main changes, but there were several other smaller changes and improvements that made their way into FF40.

In Firefox 41, there were no new features, mostly bug fixes (over 3,500) and improvements to existing features like instant messaging added to Firefox Hello. There were some changes made by Mozilla regarding the timeline of signing/approval of extensions or add-ons. They have pushed back some of the changes to FF43 and FF44. Also, users can now add an avatar or picture to their Firefox account. There were several HTML5 improvements too.

One change I was not too happy about was the removal of the New Tab URL preference namely "browser.newtab.url" which allowed users to customize the New Tab to open any web page. Now users will have to use an add-on like the "New Tab Override" to do so.

In Firefox 42 and 43, Mozilla enhanced "Tracking Protection" in Private Browsing mode and a better control center in order to block certain web elements that may be recording your browsing behavior. One-click muting was also introduced. This feature allows users to click the speaker icon on the tab to mute all audio related to that particular tab. And finally, Mozilla has introduced a 64-bit Firefox version for Windows.

In the 2015 rapid releases, Mozilla has continued to expand support for HTML5 standards. You can check the Firefox 44 Video Review below to see some of the key features Firefox implemented in 2015, as well as the results of the browser benchmark test in the section above:

New Firefox Features & Improvements in 2014

I use multiple internet browsers, but mostly stick with Firefox and Google Chrome. Overall, I think I use Firefox browser more than Google Chrome and keep close track of the rapid release updates that Mozilla releases once every six weeks.

Discussed below, are some of the major changes, improvements, and new features that Mozilla has implemented in Firefox in 2014 starting with Firefox 27 which was released on February 4, 2014. I’ve broken down these upgrades into three main categories: performance, security, and other improvements.

Also, below you will find a video explaining how to use Firefox Hello which is a new feature and online communication tool that Mozilla has introduced in FF34. Since Hello was first introduced, there have been several updates to this new online voice and video chat feature like screen-sharing and instant messaging. The video below has been accordingly updated to reflect these changes.

Firefox Hello Voice and Video Communication

Performance: in Firefox 34, there were no major changes made in terms of performance-related issues, however, there were over 3,700 bug fixes, including fixes to security vulnerabilities. There were a few new features implemented in Firefox 34 as discussed below.

Mozilla implemented Windows Off Main Thread Compositing (OMTC) in Firefox 33. Essentially, OMTC provides a smoother browsing experience while consuming fewer resources. This is accomplished by adding a second thread in order to make the main-thread-loop more efficient.

Another performance improvement was efficient JavaScript Strings by optimizing Latin1 (Unicode block) strings to save memory and improve overall performance. Technically speaking, it will use one byte, instead of two bytes, per character.

Firefox 32 introduced a new HTTP cache which was designed to improve performance. This helped load-time speed as well as efficient reloading from a browser crash recovery. Additionally, FF33 included improvement in the reliability of the “Session Restore” feature in the browser by creating smart backups.

Security: in Firefox 34, in terms of security, Mozilla implemented secure searching in Wikipedia via HTTPS which is a secure communications protocol that helps prevent "man-in-the-middle" attacks.

Mozilla also disabled SSLv3 which is a communication protocol that provides communication security. The decision was made after Google reported a serious vulnerability in SSLv3, earlier in October 2014.

Support for connecting to HTTP proxy over HTTPS was added in the Firefox 33 upgrade. Also, the new Content Security Policy (CSP) was enhanced since it was first introduced in FF4. Basically, CSP helps limit the risk of cross-site scripting attacks by allowing sites to show where content can be loaded from.

Firefox 31 introduced a new Certificate Verification library which provided enhanced certificate verification. The subsequent upgrade, FF32, included Public Key Pinning support. In doing so, the browser’s security was enhanced by ensuring that trusted certificate authorities have issued valid certificates for websites rather than accepting the built-in root certificates.

This was designed to counter and help prevent “man-in-the-middle” attacks due to certificates issued by rogue certificate authorities. Firefox displays a “Site Identity” button or icon for each site that you visit and provides additional details on the site certificate.

Another new feature security feature introduced in Firefox 31, was the new download screening tool which helps detect malicious malware when downloading files by using Google’s Safe Browsing application. Yet another security feature was the Parental Control feature called “Prefer:Safe” to enhance security and protect kids on the internet.

Other Improvements and Changes: in Firefox 34, Mozilla released Firefox Hello, an online communication feature, that allows users to voice or video chat.

What makes Firefox Hello unique is that you don't need to download any additional software or plug-in to use this Skype-like service.

Additionally, you don't need to register or have an account to use this online chat service. You can use this with any other internet browser that has WebRTC enabled, for example, Google Chrome and Opera.

With FF 34, Mozilla decided to adopt Yahoo as their default search engine. The Search Bar also has some improvements like providing suggestions as you type a search word or phrase. DuckDuckGo has also been added to the search engine options. This search engine promises to focus on protecting user's privacy.

You will also notice that you can change FF Themes and Personas in Customize mode, making them easier to manage. And the Forget button, in FF34, allows users to clear browing history for the past 24 hours with just one click of a button.

In Firefox 33, we saw implementation of OpenH264 support in WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication). Essentially, it is a software library for real-time video encoding and decoding in this particular format. Currently, H264 is the most widely used codec (or compressor) and can be subject to royalties. So Cisco has agreed to distribute a free H.264 codec plug-in.

FF33 provides a faster and improved search experience via the Location bar. In earlier versions, entering a number, for example, a telephone number like "9052026212" would result in an error page. This issue was resolved in Firefox 33. One of the new features is the Search Engine Bar to the New Tab page. Another improvement in Search are search suggestions on the Firefox Home Page and NewTab pages.

Also, the Context Menu (the short-cuts available when you right-click a blank space in the Firefox browser) has changed to provide easier actions like back, forward, reload, and bookmarking. And, Firefox now automatically handles PDF files as well as audio/video (.ogg) files internally, without the need for plug-ins, unless a specific application is selected.

In Firefox 29, Mozilla introduced a significant new customization mode that made it easy to personalize your web experience to access the browser features you use the most.

They dropped the Firefox favicon icon or button to simplify the browser user-interface (UI), including a new menu with increased flexibility to customize the UI. Also, the Firefox Sync function is now account-based in order to make it simpler for users to sync bookmarks, settings, history, etc. across devices.

In Firefox 28, VP9 video decoding was implemented which is an open-source and royalty-free video compression standard that was developed by Google. V9 was a marked improvement over V8 which significantly reduced the bit rate by 50 percent while maintaining video quality.

Browsermark™ Benchmark Test: Firefox 49 vs Firefox 57

Browsermark Benchmark Browser Test Firefox 49 vs Firefox 57

Browsermark Benchmark Browser Test Firefox 49 vs Firefox 57

After every Rapid Release upgrade, I run the Browsermark Benchmark tests on Firefox and Google Chrome. Since Mozilla announced Project Electrolysis in October 2016, the results of the Browsermark Benchmark tests have significantly improved, as you can see from the screenshot above.

In Firefox 49 the results were 47.62 compared to 327.38 in Firefox 57. This is a huge jump in performance improvements and it shows that Mozilla efforts with Project Quantum have really paid off.

Having said so, Google Chrome still out performs Firefox. The latest Browsermark Benchmark test results on Google Chrome 62 were 456.21 compared to 327.38 in Firefox Quantum. There is still more work to be done and we can expect Firefox to get even better as they double up their efforts for the rest of 2017 and into 2018.

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Internet Browser Usage World Wide 2019

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Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 17, 2016:

Hi there, yeah, I agree, overall the performance of Firefox hasn't been as one would expect. Having said so, have you updated all your plugins? If not, I'd highly recommend doing so. Also, try running Firefox in SAFE MODE and see if you still have the crashes. I personally have not experienced too many browser crashes and the last one was sometime in Sept 2016. If you run Firefox in SAFE MODE and it seems to be working ok, then it could be that you have some problem add-ons. I try not to use too many add-ons. Also, if none of the above works, you may want to try to RESET Firefox. Let me know if you have any specific questions. But, hope this helps...cheers!

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 03, 2016:

Hi Ryan, are you using the latest Firefox 49.0.1 version? Can you elaborate the issue? What FF version were you using when it worked ok? Make sure all your plugins are updated and perhaps reboot your computer, if you haven't in a while.

Ryan on October 02, 2016:

Anyone know why AdBlock on Firefox isn't working on IMDb?

Johng816 on September 18, 2015:

Hello, i think that i saw you visited my site so i came to return the favor.I am trying to find things to enhance my web site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!! cekbbfkkefdc

martingallagher on February 25, 2014:

It's a great lens. You seem like a great FF fan. Love the info.

LadyDuck on April 18, 2013:

You make really great lenses, detailed and full of useful content. Congratulations!

robertham on April 03, 2013:

Great lens you have. Great add-ons in Firefox.

Fridayonmymind LM on March 05, 2013:

Brilliant resource for Firefox users, thank you. Looks like I am using Firefox 19.0.

Awab-Ahmad on January 17, 2013:

I love this lens

happynutritionist on January 13, 2013:

Wow what a thorough page! I have used Firefox only for years, as well as Mozilla's Thunderbird for email. I appreciate all the information here...thanks for taking the time to pull it together.

abouthealthtips on January 09, 2013:

I use Firefox all the time. I have thought about switching to Google Chrome - however Google being the way they are, I don't need them prying even more data from me. Cheers

mrdata on January 04, 2013:

I use Firefox and love your lens! Thanks!

askformore lm on December 30, 2012:

Firefox is great! So is your lens!

anonymous on December 26, 2012:

I love Firefox and the latest version is really great. You did a really nice work here, thumbs up!

pinkrenegade lm on December 21, 2012:

My experience in using Firefox Web Browser is great! Very easy and fast!

RandySturridge on December 06, 2012:

The most comprehensive review that I have read to date. Absolutely wonderful job

achmadnugrohobudi on November 17, 2012:

Excellent content. I love Mozilla Firefox because it's the only browser that can increase my experience. Many addons is the positive point of Firefox. Some of them give me additional feature which other browsers can't do it.

leonvictor2012 on September 29, 2012:

I like Mozilla Firefox just because of it's extensions facility. Firefox is mine of very useful and advanced Extensions which makes our work easy.

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on September 20, 2012:

Excellent information and it's really useful to see the progression of the different releases of Firefox. I generally use Chrome to browse these days as it's a bit faster, but it is a memory hog on my laptop which only has 2gb ram. I always use Firefox when developing and debugging, because there is nothing to compare, it's the best by far.

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 13, 2012:

@Savvy2012: Hi again Savoera, great to have you on Squidoo! I just checked your website...great work and I enjoyed reading your story. I like your relaxed writing style and I think you'll do great on Squidoo and get used to the name too :) Looking forward to seeing your lenses. Oh, and thanks for linking my lenses. Let me know if you need any help with Squidoo. All the best! :)

Savvy2012 on September 12, 2012:

@ajgodinho: Thanks, AJ! And as you can see, now I'm a member of Squidoo as well, thanks to your great "lenses" (I'm still getting accustomed to the use of this word, lol!), such as this one and the one about new Canadian Immigrants and the one about the citizenship test... Because I have a website about Canada (Swanparadise.com - I know, it doesn't match the content, but that's another story) and I'm planning to link to these lenses as I think my visitors will greatly benefit from them.Thanks a bunch! :)

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 12, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi Savoera, personally, I found FF4 to be one of the best Rapid Release updates so I can understand why you are still on FF4. As far as I know the RealPlayer is not compatible with FF15. I think it has more to do with issues between RealPlayer and Flash, rather than with FF itself. Google Toolbar is not compatible with the latest Firefox browser. I think the last version it was compatible with was FF5, though some have been able to get it working with some hacks. There have been many fixes for security vulnerabilities implemented since FF4 so you may be exposing your computer to potential security threats. The only earlier version that FF supports is 3.6.28. In your case, I would stick with FF4, though you have to bear in mind the security vulnerabilities I mentioned earlier.

anonymous on September 12, 2012:

@ajgodinho: Hi AJ, I too appreciate your review on all the latest FF updates. I'm still on FF 4, and the main reason why I refuse to update to the latest, is because the newer versions are not compatible with Google Toolbar and RealPlayer. However, I found a great tip on one site that said to download the Disable Add-On Compatibility Check add-on and that would make all the previously incompatible add-ons work again. But I'm still worried that RealPlayer might not work with the latest FF browsers. Could you please tell me if RealPlayer works with FF 15? And would you say that this latest version is the best one to upgrade to? Thanks!

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 06, 2012:

@lilpixiedust: For most part, Firefox 15 has worked well for me and I've not experienced any crashes. The last FF update that I experienced crashes was FF12 (one of their worst updates). One of the main reasons for Firefox crashes are Plug-ins. Maybe run a Plug-in check which can be done in the Add-ons section. Alternatively, you can run FF is Safe Mode and see if you're still experiencing crashes on those specific sites.

lilpixiedust on September 06, 2012:

Very informative lens about Firefox browser. Since I have updated to 15.0, some of the sites that I went to have crashed. I don't know what is causing it.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on July 13, 2012:

I love the Firefox web browser. I work in both Chrome and Firefox but it is Firefox that is my favorite browser. Great article on the comparisons between the two very popular web browsers.

Mark Falco from Reno, Nevada on June 24, 2012:

I use Firefox pretty much exclusively for certain plug-ins. I find some of those invaluable for running my day to day business. For general web browsing however, I tend to stick with Chrome.

UKGhostwriter on June 24, 2012:

I recommend everybody to migrate to Mozilla products. Not invasive and very reliable

Angela F from Seattle, WA on June 20, 2012:

Firefox was ok for me but for now I prefer Chrome. Comprehensive review - thanks! *blessed

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 11, 2012:

@InspiredByOthers: The last few Firefox updates were not that great, apart from FF13, though there were minor improvements. That is probably one of the reasons Google Chrome has been able to inch past Firefox in terms of overall global usage (now placed number 2 behind IE). I like the new Firefox 13 update.

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 11, 2012:

@MartieG: Having used Firefox 13 for the past few days, I find it is a much improved version over Firefox 12 which was probably one of their worst updates with my browser crashing almost everyday. Firefox 13 is running smoothly so far. By the way, one of my add-ons that was not compatible is now compatible with FF13.

lesliesinclair on June 10, 2012:

I've never used Chrome. I've usually used Safari, and only open Firefox when I have too many Safari windows open. This is a helpful lens, to point out what Firefox is all about. I opened it, and the update window did open. Thanks for reminding me, that Firefox is here. Good job.

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on June 06, 2012:

I was searching for a review on 13.0 and found a good one here. I use FF pretty much exclusively -- the only concern I see is that some add-ons may not be compatible-I use Lazarus often on another site I write for that seems to lose pages on a regular basis-so I may wait -thanks for an informative review.

InspiredByOthers on May 23, 2012:

I was a strict Firefox user but I recently switched to Google Chrome. I'm prohably gonna go back to FF. Thanks!

SecondHandJoe LM on May 13, 2012:

Thorough, well laid out. I use FF11 now and have been with FF for about 4 years steady. I'm gonna stay with it! Thanks.

cynthiannleighton on April 15, 2012:

Good information. Thank you. Upgrading to 11 now!

anonymous on April 09, 2012:

Great lens. God bless!

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 01, 2012:

@justDawn1: Try running Firefox in Safe Mode (i.e. running Firefox without add-ons), it will help you determine if your add-ons are creating this problem. In some cases, it may be that you have too many tabs open or too many applications open (i.e. memory issues).

justDawn1 on March 31, 2012:

Nice work! I have FF11 & my pages get stuck & I continually get a "Not Responding" message. :( Very frustrating! :/

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 14, 2012:

@girlfriendfactory: I run the test simultaneously as well sometimes. With regards to the exceptions list in Chrome, maybe they are set on the "current session only" option. Enjoy the Spring Break with your son! :)

girlfriendfactory on March 13, 2012:

@ajgodinho: I ran them simultaneously this time just to be able to watch them since I have long since forgotten what so much of technical things mean. You know how it is: Use it or lose it! My degree is gathering dust and my memory is filled with trying to remember other important things like how to type and what my name is and did I eat breakfast today. ;) I still do my important things on FF ~ anything that is sensitive in nature since every time I close Chrome it wipes out my exceptions list and I haven't messed with it enough to figure out how to keep a block list in tact. My block list on FF is extensive to say the least. Like you, I do Squidoo on Chrome, plus FB and Pinterest. Thank you for stopping by to see me as well. I need to stop in to visit your Chrome lens and a few others I'm just short on time since it's Spring Break for my son this week. :D

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 13, 2012:

@girlfriendfactory: Your thorough feedback on your experience with Firefox and Chrome is much appreciated. I'm still using Firefox more than Chrome which I use pretty much exclusively for Squidoo purposes (I find it much faster). Yeah initially, I liked FF for their tabs as well. With regards to the Peacekeeper results it's best to run them separately without any other applications running as well as all the cache and history cleaned before running. Different systems will produce different results. Thanks for the SA blessings as well!

girlfriendfactory on March 13, 2012:

Nice job with this. I have used FF since sometime in late 2004 or early 2005 and never looked back, though I still had something for back-up if needed, but FF was always ahead of the game because of the tabs. I've used it with tons of add-ons and with none. I know how to go in and tweak (or totally screw up if you're not careful) the config settings and I've used it as is. It's hard to complain about something that's open source and has been for so long.

I tried Chrome a number of years ago and Opera but they both were awful, at least for the Mac. About a year ago I went tried Chrome again, just to have a decent secondary browser because Safari just isn't the greatest. I heard they made some improvements to user control and they did. Currently I use Chrome a bit more than I use FF just due to the tabs I have open on each. I love it and I am running version 17.0. blah blah blah and FF 10.0.2. I ran the Peacekeeper on them and Chrome's result total doubled FF's but I have to wonder what it all means because I ran them simultaneously and I couldn't see a difference in the performance. The major difference in the numbers looked like a missing video component that FF didn't have at all but other than that the performance nor the graphic quality suffered on FF's side. It makes me wonder if it's like Google's email storage ~ no one needs that much, but it's a nice gimmick to offer people. Either way, I like them both and often find when one is slow they are both slow or if I can't access something on Chrome I can on FF or vice versa...seems like it's just the way of the Net. :)

All the same, this terrific lens is more than worthy of a Flyby Winging and it can be found among the other blessed lenses for today at Have Wings Will Bless More! They may call me an aimless wanderer, but not all who wander are aimless and I'm glad my aim was good when I wandered upon this. ~Ren

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on February 23, 2012:

I have both on my computer, IE and Firefox and switch off and on.

DollarTycoon on February 12, 2012:

A Firefox user for I don't know how long. I've tried a multitude of browsers and as a UX Designer, it's a necessary evil to have them on my system. But for my everyday... Firefox!

anonymous on February 09, 2012:

Nice informative lens!I really like Firefox and it's my browser.

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 07, 2012:

@kathysart: Yeah, some websites work better on specific browsers, that's one of the reasons I use, both Firefox and Chrome. Occasionally, I'll use Internet Explorer. Thanks for the blessings and stay blessed!

kathysart on February 06, 2012:

I really like Firefox, although I was told by USPS tech support that Chrome is more compatible with their website. Bummer because I prefer Firefox. Angel blessed lens.

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 31, 2012:

@julieannbrady: Yeah, IE has been losing ground slowly, but surely and in the past little while, so has been Firefox. Overall, Chrome seems to be gaining most ground.

julieannbrady on January 30, 2012:

Mozilla Firefox is my browser of choice ... I used to be an IE gal ... and then BAM! I tried it :: FF :: and I liked it!

Delia on January 20, 2012:

Nice informative lens! My computer guy a few years back suggested Firefox over the IE...so I have had it ever since.

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 19, 2012:

@sybelle: LOL yeah, I remember Netscape too...a long time ago.Internet browsers have come a long way since then. IE is still the most widely use, but losing ground to Firefox and more recently, Google Chrome.

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 18, 2012:

@anonymous: I hear you, BrowserBoy. You're right, I'm trying to make Firefox work for me 'cos I still like the browser despite some of its kinks. So far so good. I use both FF and Chrome, as well as IE occasionally. Though, my preference is Chrome. Yes, the FF older versions are still operational. Thanks for your input and wishing you the best in 2012 as well...much success!

anonymous on January 17, 2012:

@ajgodinho: aj...I understand you are diligently trying to make Firefox work for you by doing the regression testing that they should be doing before they put their software debacle out to the public.

Again...they have allowed the developers to ruin a great product and have applied little or no quality control and basic management principles.

Everyone should be very cautious before loading any new versions. BTW, it doesn't matter that they don't support earlier versions of the software, they work!

The best of luck to you and Happy New Year.

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 17, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi BrowserBoy, yeah, with the Rapid Release updates, we can expect Firefox to have new release versions approximately every 6 weeks. I have changed my options (under the Advanced tab) so it doesn't automatically update to the latest version. I generally test the new FF updates on my backup laptop and only update once I know that my main Add-ons are compatible. I've found Firefox 9 to be better than Firefox 8, but still lacking in some areas. The problem with using earlier versions is that Firefox doesn't provide support for those any longer (except for Firefox 3.6.x) and more importantly they have security and safety vulnerabilities.

sybelle on January 16, 2012:

Started with Netscape way back when... went to Firefox... Use IE when sites do not let me use Firefox (not often).

Great lens!

anonymous on January 16, 2012:

Can you believe it...irefox just came out with another releaqse and had the audacity to send me a notification....why don't I just shoot myself in the foot instead.

anonymous on January 13, 2012:

Flying by and noticed my blessing had worn off on this excellent Mozilla Firefox Review...fresh angel dusting....

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 10, 2012:

@Africanos: Google Chrome has definitely been gaining ground over Firefox over the past few months.

Africanos on January 08, 2012:

The truth is i was a firefox fan aswell,but changed to chrome and i think it is overall better and faster.

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 04, 2012:

@Mahogany LM: I've also found recently that some plug-ins (apart from add-ons) can slow down Firefox - same with some toolbars. A couple of days ago, I ran Firefox in safe mode and saw considerable increase in speed and especially with my Hotmail. But I agree, the performance of Firefox has decreased since the last two upgrades. Happy New Year to you too! :)

Mahogany LM on January 03, 2012:

@ajgodinho: That's the thing, I only use ONE add-on for Firefox, so that's how I know that the browser itself is a memory hog (well, that and that fact that I uninstalled that one and still nothing changed in its speed). Thanks for the tip though ajgodinho :). Happy New Year, by the way.

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 02, 2012:

@anonymous: Firefox 9 is better, but still lacking in overall performance as compared to earlier versions. I sometimes feel like reverting back to Firefox 7.0.1. Google Chrome, on the other hand, is becoming more popular.

anonymous on January 02, 2012:

Hi Anthony well I have come back to read your review of 9 I hope I have more luck with that than I had with 8 but then we don't know whether it is 8 or if it is just me

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 01, 2012:

@akumar46 lm: The last couple of Firefox updates haven't been their best ones. Firefox still uses a lot of memory, so it can slow down depending on the computer's resources.

akumar46 lm on January 01, 2012:

I use Firefox for browsing from the very beginning.Now I am using Latest version and it gets slow more often as compared to earlier versions.

darciefrench lm on December 31, 2011:

Yes, Firefox is my favorite browser, thanks for the awesome write up :)

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 31, 2011:

@Mahogany LM: True, Firefox does use a lot of RAM compared to Google Chrome. One way to reduce the RAM usage is to decrease the number of add-ons being used.

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 31, 2011:

@lindseythomas lm: I agree, Firefox 8 was not their best upgrades and Friefox 9, though better, is still lacking in some areas. These rapid releases have caused much pain to users and vendors, but I think overall, Firefox has come a long way and will continue to improve. In the meantime though, Google Chrome is catching up real fast!

Mahogany LM on December 28, 2011:

I used to LOVE FireFox. It's a pity that these days it's more of a memory hog on my system than a joy to use :0\

lindseythomas lm on December 27, 2011:

I have tried using the Firefox 8.0 but I don't like it. Some other add-ons that I use for my tasks are not compatible with it so I stick with my old one. So I don't have any plans upgrading my browser as of yet.

garip1 on December 24, 2011:

broeser is important

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 22, 2011:

@LaraineRoses: Hi Laraine, yes, Firefox 9 was out on December 21st and I just updated this lens with a brief review on it. I have updated one of laptops with Firefox 9, however, I will wait to update my main laptop since some important add-ons are not currently compatible. Overall, I think Firefox 9 is better than Firefox 8. I only hope there could be a solution to the add-on compatibility issue, which I think we will see in Firefox 10. Thanks much for your SA blessing!

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on December 22, 2011:

Hi Anthony, I just downloaded Firefox 9.0.1.exe and it seems to be working faster than the one I had before. I was checking to see if you had any information on this one yet. This is a very helpful lens and I think that it is wonderful. Blessings.

anonymous on December 21, 2011:

@anonymous: I fixed it myself with a little inguinity...no thanks to Firefox!!!

RinconDynamic on December 20, 2011:

@gamecheathub: I know what you mean about the constant updates but I am willing to put up with it as long as I get a good product. But their still kinda annoying

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 06, 2011:

@anonymous: Hi Collette, with downgrading Firefox to a version earlier to Firefox 8 and using SquidUtils, you have to ensure you use the compatible version for the add-ons for the workshop and toolbar. I sent you an email. Yeah, I find Squidoo works better for me on Chrome rather than Firefox. I use Chrome for Squidoo and Firefox for other online stuff.

anonymous on December 06, 2011:

Hi Anthony well I have both now but couldn't get the other ones so will use Chrome for Squidoo and Firefox for some of the tools that you can't get on Chrome, I love the whole concept behind Firefox though. This is another one of your really great lenses where you help people out thank you

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 02, 2011:

@anonymous: BrowerBoy, I don't think there is a simple solution to your BM issue given that you need to merge your old BMs with your new BMs.

One way to merge your old BMs with your new BMs is by using the Firefox Sync feature. Of course, you will need two computers to accomplish this or a smartphone (both set up with Sync).

Alternatively, if you a have your BMs backed up in HTML format, you can use the import function to merge your old BMs with your current BMs. See this help article on Backing up & Restoring Bookmarks. This will add your old BMs to your existing BMs, though not the ideal solution because it will create a new folder with all your old BMs.

Also, check this solution on Merging two or more Bookmarks.

anonymous on December 02, 2011:

@ajgodinho: Maybe you are not fully aware of the protocol and logistics of what occurred, how it occurred, and the actual problem that was a result.

I am not missing ALL of the bookmarks only some (?)...why and how to resolve it is the question.

Squidoo, your suggestion was the 1st I discounted when the problem was apparent, because I have added additional BM's that will disappear in either a restore or a clean uninstall and reinstall.

Thanks for the interest though.......still waiting on Firefox to address this issue that others have fallen victim too as well.

Let me know if you can think of anything that works.

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 01, 2011:

@anonymous: Hi BrowserBoy, maybe a clean uninstall and reinstall may help in your case. Given that you back up your BMs and hopefully your Profile too, it should not be a major problem. I'm assuming you've already tried the restore feature with your BMs.

anonymous on December 01, 2011:

@ajgodinho: AJ:

thanks...I back up my BM tooo...but that was not the issue. The issue was that some NOT ALL bookmarks were missing and how do you just add the missing to an ongoing list of BM's?

norma-holt on November 30, 2011:

Love Firefox. Been using it for years and it's security and memory is fantastic. Great lens.

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 29, 2011:

@anonymous: I can understand your frustration with the new Firefox rapid releases which they started implementing in early 2011. Overall, the new releases have worked well for me and I've seen improvements. However, I have to admit that the latest Firefox 8.0 release was not their best and having used it for over 2 weeks now, some websites run slower for me. For example, my Hotmail has a delayed response and it is probably due to the Java Console extension which is not compatible with FF8.

I've had no issues with Bookmarks when upgrading to Firefox 8.0. I generally backup my Bookmarks at least once every month. Hopefully this help article on Lost Bookmarks will help you.

anonymous on November 28, 2011:

I have been a firefox user from the beginning. however, I have found that the releases of late have been flawed, poorly release tested, and a significant problem with bookmarks.

i have a problem statement in now identifying that I have lost partial bookmarks and would like a solution for retreving tem. no word from firefox.

this software is not what it used to be and I am switching to Chrome.

bames24 lm on November 21, 2011:

I have four different browsers and I use Firefox most often... (I also use thunderbird)... Chrome comes second... :)

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 20, 2011:

@gamecheathub: Thanks for your feedback. I can understand your frustration with Mozilla's Rapid Release versions that have been coming in rapid succession since early 2011. Most of the new version have had improvements, but the recent Firefox 8 seems to have slowed down response on some of my websites. I still use Firefox most, but for Squidoo purposes, I stick with Chrome mainly because of its speed.

gamecheathub on November 20, 2011:

I used to really enjoy Firefox, but have recently switched to Chrome because I got tired of getting new update notices. It seemed like they were coming out with new patches and versions of the browser every few days.

robbbin on November 18, 2011:

Chrome FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

anonymous on November 14, 2011:

I will use Firefox over any other browser any day.

seobounty on August 24, 2011:

I used to only use internet explorer but now I love Firefox! Very user friendly!

anonymous on July 26, 2011:

I am a Firefox user as well but I am on the brink of changing because of the reduced speed of Firefox, but general I was one of those satisfied users

Geniusabi on July 23, 2011:

firefox is my favourite and chrome too. thanks for the lens.

Dorian Bodnariuc from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on June 16, 2011:

I use Firefox, Chrome and IE in no preference order. But I think we should encourage more people to use safer browsers such as Chrome and Firefox.

Thanks for a great popularization lens.

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 14, 2011:

@SayGuddaycom: Sorry to hear that Firefox 4 upgrade hasn't worked for you. It may have to do with the specs of your computer. I use FF4 for most of my browsing and it works well, but for Squidoo, I use Google Chrome because of its speed. Maybe you can try some under-the-hood hacks to enhance the performance of your Firefox browser.

SayGuddaycom on June 14, 2011:

I used to use firefox exclusively but since the upgrade it has ran EXTREMELY slow and now I don't use it at all. Good lens though!

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 09, 2011:

@pixiepot: Chrome works very well for me, especially for Squidoo, but I still like Firefox overall. Glad you found this useful...thanks for your feedback!

pixiepot on June 09, 2011:

Hmm, I was going to download firefox before my laptop broke down. In have chrome on my laptop and Safari on my iPad. This has been a very useful and informative lens. Thank you and well done

Anthony Godinho (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 03, 2011:

@anonymous: Yeah, that the only downfall to being quick to upgrade. I don't use too many add-on so I had only a couple that were not compatible. Hopefully the ones you use will be updated soon, because I find Firefox 4 better, overall.

anonymous on June 03, 2011:

Sorry--I meant to say that this lens was very helpful and informative, too!

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