The latest version of Mozilla’s Firefox browser for the desktop and Android is available for all web surfers, bringing the platform up to version 50. The update for desktop customers adds a few new features and fixes several others, such as the addition of built-in emojis for operating systems that do not include a native emoji font (Linux, Windows 8 and lower). There are also a few changes on the developer side as well that are listed separately here.
For starters, Firefox 50 for the desktop provides updated keyboard shortcuts. Users can now set a preference to have the CTRL+TAB combo cycle through tabs in the order that they were viewed. Users can also now type CTRL+ALT+R on Windows to view a web page in reader mode (Command+ALT+R on Mac).
As for other new features, Firefox 50 provides an option to limit a search using the Find tool down to just whole words only. This release also increases the availability of WebGL for users running
Here is a small list of the other new features:
- Support for the Guarani language (locale)
- Better performance for software development kit extensions and extensions that rely on the SDK module loader
- Support for WebM EME on Windows and Mac that opens the door to more sites that provide streaming video without browser plugins
On the Android side of things, Firefox 50 does not offer much in changes and new features. For the latter, the
To download the latest version of Firefox as a fresh install, head here. Otherwise,
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