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Here you'll find weekly Firefox browser news and headlines, as shared at Mozilla's Weekly Updates meeting.

2019-11-11

  • Firefox 70.0.1 is our current stable release. There are currently no drivers for a 70.0.2.
  • Firefox 71 is in the Beta channel and ships to our stable release on December 3rd. Betas 9 and 10 (of 12) go out this week.
  • Firefox 72 is in the Nightly channel and ships to our stable release on January 7th. Over the last week there have been about 440 fixes landed in Nightly including these notable ones:
  • As we do every two weeks, last Tuesday the Firefox team met and discussed a wide range of Firefox changes that happened over the previous two weeks. You can read the "These Weeks in Firefox" blog posts which summarize these Firefox meetings at Firefox Nightly News and the raw meeting notes for the latest meeting are available in this document. I'd like to highlight several items from this latest Firefox meeting that weren't previously mentioned in my Firefox Weekly Update:
    • Support for Fission in DevTools started with enabling the Browser Toolbox to inspect/debug multiple processes. This work is happening behind the pref devtools.browsertoolbox.fission. This new "Omniscient" Browser Toolbox will be enabled by default once the dependencies of bug 1588050 are resolved.
    • Also in DevTools, the Debugger’s new Watchpoints feature, which lets you pause on an object property get/set, is on by default in Nightly and Dev Edition.
    • There’s a new Track IPC feature (off by default) that can be enabled from the Firefox Profiler’s capture panel to track async IPC.
    • For a perf boost, we no longer animate restored windows from the last session.
    • We launched a couple of “Relationship” CFRs in Nightly and Beta channels that recommends Firefox Send and and recommends Send Tab when viewing an article or a recipes website.

2019-11-04

2019-10-28

2019-10-21

  • Firefox 69.0.3 is our current stable release.
  • Firefox 70 is in the Beta channel as a Release Candidate and ships to our stable release audience tomorrow, October 22nd. Our Firefox 70 users will enjoy the new Privacy Protections report, Firefox Lockwise, the new password management tool, macOS that reduce power consumption reductions, and in Developer Tools an audit for keyboard accessibility, a color deficiency simulator for systems with WebRender enabled, and an inactive CSS indicator with tooltips explaining why the CSS isn't used.
  • Firefox 71 is in the Nightly channel and is uplifting to Beta today. Over the final week of Nightly 71 development, we've seen about 500 fixes including these notable ones:

2019-10-14

2019-10-07

2019-09-30

2019-09-23

2019-09-16

2019-09-09

2019-09-02

2019-08-26

2019-08-19

2019-08-12

2019-08-05

2019-07-29

2019-07-22

2019-07-15

2019-07-08

  • Firefox 67.0.4 is our current stable release.
  • Firefox 68 is in the Beta channel and it ships to the stable release tomorrow, July 9th. Users of the released version of 68 will enjoy cryptomining and fingerprinting protection choices, the “enterprise roots” fix for anti-virus software breaking Firefox connections, WebRender for AMD users, a full page accessibility color contrast audit in Dev Tools, and WebAuthn support in Fennec. It's also worth noting that 68 is an ESR.
  • Today is Merge Day and the end of the Nightly soft code freeze as Nightly becomes Firefox 70. Over the last week, developers have fixed about 340 bugs in Nightly 69, including these notables:

2019-07-01

2019-06-24

2019-06-17

2019-06-10

2019-06-03

2019-05-27

2019-05-20

  • Firefox 66.0.5 is our latest stable release.
  • Firefox 67 ships to the stable release tomorrow, May 21st. Firefox 67 brings some great features and fixes including these:
    • Performance improvements including to start-up and pageload.
    • Optional cryptominers and fingerprinter blocking.
    • WebRender enabled for some Windows users.
    • The FIDO U2F API including registrations for Google Accounts.
    • New Pocket New Tab experience for some users.
    • And for Android users, there's a new Firefox Search widget with voice input.
  • Today is merge day. Beta will see the continuation of Firefox 68 development and Nightly will see the beginning of Firefox 69 development. Today is also the end of the soft code freeze on Nightly and the floodgates are open for all 69 work. Over the last week there have been 445 bugs resolved as fixed including these fixes of note:

2019-05-13

2019-05-06

  • On Friday evening we started receiving feedback that extensions were failing for Firefox users and the Firefox team quickly identified that we had a certificate chain issue. We are extremely sorry to all Firefox users affected by this issue. The TL;DR is that one of the certificates used to authenticate add-ons expired, causing the signatures on all add-ons to break. The fix was to deploy a new certificate to Firefox users. A fix was developed Friday night and initially pushed out to desktop Firefox users through the Normandy infrastructure on Saturday. The fix was rolled out in a full QA'd dot release to both Desktop and Android users on Sunday. There are still some outstanding issues actively being worked on and a list of those unresolved issues can be found in the Firefox 66.0.4 release notes. We will providing a full post mortem on the incident as soon as possible and for now you can also learn more about it at blog dot mozilla dot org slash addons.
  • Firefox 67 is in the Beta channel and ships to our stable release a week from tomorrow on May 14th.
  • Firefox 68 is in the Nightly channel and ships to our stable release on July 9th. Over the last week there have been approximately 475 bugs resolved as fixed. There was one notable change this week:

2019-04-29

  • Firefox 66.0.3 is our currently stable release and came out on April 10th.
  • Firefox 67 is in the Beta channel and moves to Stable on May 14th, two weeks from tomorrow. Beta 15 and 16 go out this week. These are our final betas.
  • Firefox 68 is in the Nightly channel and ships to Stable on July 9th. 68 is the next ESR base. Next week we begin the Nightly soft code freeze. Last week saw about 500 bug fixes land on Nightly including these notable changes:
  • From mozilla.dev.platform "Fennec will be following the 68 train to ESR68-based release. We want to provide users with a secure and supported legacy Firefox for Android until Fenix has matured enough for users to migrate to it. Therefore, starting from Gecko 68, we plan to use the ESR68 repository as a stable base for managing Fennec engineering, testing, and release of builds going forward."

2019-04-22

  • Firefox 66.0.3 is our currently stable release.
  • Firefox 67 is in the Beta channel and moves to Stable on May 14th. Beta 13 and 14 go out this week. Our final betas go out next week.
  • Firefox 68 is in the Nightly channel and ships to Stable on July 9th. Last week saw about 500 bug fixes land on Nightly including these notable changes:
    • An early version of picture in picture mode for video has been enabled. On hover, videos now have a small button labeled "Picture-In-Picture" and when clicked, the video pops out to an always-on-top video docked on the lower corner of the screen.
    • Firefox now pins its shortcut on the taskbar for Windows 10 users. Before we would put an icon on the Desktop and in the Start Menu. Now we also put an icon on the Taskbar.
    • Dev Tools now has a full-page color contrast audit feature. This helps you quickly identify any contrast shortcomings, with badging and filtering of the accessibility tree. Simply click the contrast button in the Accessibility toolbar to run the audit.
    • Don't miss These Weeks In Firefox: Issue 57 for an in-depth look at what's happening with Firefox development. These Weeks In Firefox offers details from across the Firefox development effort for the last couple of weeks.

2019-04-15

  • Firefox 66.0.3 is our currently stable release. It shipped last Wednesday and fixes several minor issues.
  • Firefox 67 is in the Beta channel and ships to our stable release users on May 14th. Beta 11 and 12 go out this week.
  • Firefox 68 is in the Nightly channel and ships to our stable release on July 9th. Over the last week there have been about 535 bugs resolved as Fixed including these notable changes.

2019-04-08

2019-04-01

  • Firefox 66.0.2 is our currently stable release. This second dot release shipped last Wednesday to fix a web compatibility issues with Office 365, iCloud and IBM WebMail caused by recent changes to the handling of keyboard events (Bug 1538966)
  • Firefox 67 is in the Beta channel and moves to the stable release on May 14th. Beta 7 and 8 (of 16 planned) ship this week so we're coming up on the half way mark for this cycle. Over the last week we've uplifted about 60 fixes to the Beta channel including the new Accounts toolbar button.
  • Firefox 68 is in the Nightly channel and ships to the stable release on July 9th. Over the last week there have been 525 fixes landed on Nightly including these notable changes:

2019-03-25

2019-03-18

2019-03-11

2019-03-04

2019-02-25

2019-02-11

2019-01-28

2019-01-14

  • Firefox 64.02 is our current stable release. This point release came out on January 9th and addresses several issues including:
  • Firefox 65 is in the Beta channel and moves to Stable on January 29th. We're currently in our 10th Beta with Beta 11 coming out tomorrow. We only have 12 Betas planned so we're in the end game now. If you've got bug fixes that need to make Firefox 65, time is short so get those uplift requests in today!
  • Firefox 66 is in the Nightly channel and moves to Stable on March 19th. Over the last week there have been 500 bugs resolved as fixed including these notable ones:
    • We implemented Scroll anchoring. As a page is loading, new elements can show up above the scrolled to part of the screen and that causes the page to shift creating a poor user experience. Scroll anchoring attempts to mitigate this and prevent thescreen from shifting when new elements are added above the scroll position.
    • We now have main process crash reporting on ARM64 Windows builds. We don't have content process crash reporting yet. That's being worked on in bug 1517729
    • We also have stub installer support for ARM64 Windows builds. The standard stub installer now recognizes Windows on Snapdragon and downloads and installs the appropriate bits.
    • WebRender has been moved to mozilla-central. Before, WebRender was developed on Github and work was transferred to mozilla-central. Now the canonical home for WebRender is in mozilla-central's gfx/wr directory. WebRender's Github is now a downstream mirror of mozilla-central. This also means that WebRender bugs and patches should be filed in Bugzilla rather than Github.
    • The en-US dictionary got and update and now includes the word "hooptie" among several other additions.
    • Last but not least, a 15 year old layout bug was fixed. The bug, Deeply nested elements are not rendered was fixed by Henri Sivonen (:hsivonen)
  • In other Firefox news:
    • We are now scheduled to disable Flash in Firefox 69 which moves to the Stable release on August 3rd. The change will land in the 69 Nightly cycle and ride the trains.
    • If you haven't yet, check out the great Hacks blog post on the design and development of the Flexbox Inspector. The Flexbox inspector is available in the Dev Edition and hits our stable release with Firefox 65 next month.

2019-01-07

2018

2018-12-17

  • The Firefox 64 Stable release came out last week. 64 includes the feature recommender, multi-tab operations, a new task manager, and various other features and fixes. Check it out!
    • The ability to select multiple tabs and then move them, re-window them, close them, bookmark, send to device, etc. was a hit with the press, making appearances in the titles of most articles about 64. This feature was made possible because of Google Summer of Code, mentoring from Mozilla's Jared Wein (:jaws) and the hard work of a student named Abdoulaye O. Ly. If you haven't tried this out, it's really cool for reordering tabs, de-cluttering your tab strip, or sending off a group of tabs to your mobile Firefox.
    • You can read more about Firefox 64 at the hacks blog, which covers just about everything you'd want to know about the release, and at MDN which deep dives on changes that web developers and add-on developers will care about.
  • Firefox 65 is in the Beta channel and moves to the stable Release on January 29th. If you're on the Beta channel, you're probably using the 4th beta and the 5th beta is due tomorrow. Over the last week, we've uplifted about 40 bugs to Beta, including several crash fixes, enabling the AV1 video format, and fixing selection color visibility on dark backgrounds on macOS
  • Firefox 66 is in the Nightly channel and moves to the Stable release on March 19th. Over the last two weeks we've resolved about 600 issues including these notable ones:

2018-12-03

2018-11-26

2018-11-19

2018-11-12

2018-11-05

2018-10-29

  • Firefox 63 is our current Stable release. It shipped last week and contains opt-in content blocking for all users and improved performance and energy efficiency on Mac.
  • Firefox 64 is in the Beta channel and moves to Stable release on December 11th. We're in our 5th of 14 planned betas.
  • Firefox 65 is now the Nightly channel. Over the last week, we've resolved more than 460 bug reports in Nightly including these notable changes:

2018-10-22

2018-10-15

2018-10-01

2018-09-24

2018-09-17

  • Firefox 62.0 is our current Stable release.
  • Firefox 63 is our current Beta release. There have been about 43 fixes uplifted to Beta in the last week.
  • Firefox 64 is in the Nightly channel and over the last week there have been about 420 fixes including these notable ones:

2018-09-10

2018-08-27

  • Firefox 61.0.2 is our current Stable release.
  • Firefox 62 is in the Beta channel and hits Stable release on September 5th. There have been about 20 fixes uplifted to Beta in the last week.
  • Firefox 63 is in the Nightly channel and graduates to Stable release on October 23. In the last week there have been about 425 fixes including these notable ones:

2018-08-20

2018-08-06

2018-07-30

  • Firefox 61.0.1 is our current Stable release. 61 was first offered on June 26. Users on this release are enjoying faster page rendering thanks to Quantum CSS improvements and the new retained display list feature, and Faster switching between tabs thanks to the "tab warming" feature.
  • Firefox 62 is in the Beta channel and goes to release on September 5th. Beta users are helping test improvements to the bookmarks panel, the three pane inspector in developer tools, and a new Tracking Protection button in the hamburger menu. Over the last week, the Beta channel has seen 26 bugs uplifted from Nightly.
  • Firefox 63 is in the Nightly channel and moves to Stable on October 23. Over the last week, there have been about 400 bugs resolved as fixed including these notable changes:
    • Firefox now supports the CSS prefers-reduced-motion media feature on Windows. This makes it possible to disable motion effects for those with vestibular disorders or those who simply prefer their experiences without motion effects.
    • Firefox now supports switching to installed locales from the Options/Preferences window.
    • Out of process extensions for Linux has been enabled. Mac got this feature in Firefox 61 and Windows got it in 56.
    • About:profiles "launch profile in new browser" now works for Windows users thanks to the addition of the -no-remote option. Before, for most users, the button would simply launch another window from the current profile.
    • Time Travel Debugging has landed behind the devtools.recordreplay.enabled pref. Once enabled, it is accessed via the 'Tools -> Web Developer' menu. Time Travel Debugging allows Firefox content processes to record their behavior, replay it later, and rewind to earlier states. Replaying processes preserve all the same JS behavior, DOM structures, graphical updates, and most other behaviors that occurred while recording. The browser's JS debugger can be used to inspect and control the replay. This is Mac-only for now.
    • Web developers get a new feature with Clear Site Data to allow web developers more control over the data stored locally by a user agent for their origins. This was implemented in Firefox 62 but behind a pref. Now it's enabled.
    • For new profiles, Ctrl+Tab cycles through tabs in recently used order is the new default. Instead of tabbing through the tabs on your tab strip in that order, you'll get a pop-up with tiles for the the most recently used 6 tabs. This more closely mirrors the operating system's window switching interface.
    • Firefox has a new and improved about:performance that's behind the about:config pref dom.performance.enable_scheduler_timing (Be sure to restart after the pref change to avoid a crash).
    • Last but not least, Firefox Certificate Error Pages got new copy that should be more helpful to users encountering the errors.

2018-07-23

2018-07-16

2018-07-09

2018-07-02

2018-06-25

  • Firefox 60.0.2 is our current release.
  • Firefox 61 goes to release tomorrow and includes these notable improvements.
    • Faster page rendering thanks to parallel CSS parsing and the new retained display list feature
    • Faster tab switching thanks to tab warming on Windows and Linux
    • You can now add new search engines from the Page Actions menu.
    • On Mac you can now share the URL of an active tab from the Page Actions menu.
    • TLS 1.3 is enabled by default.
    • The Dark theme is darker in more places.
    • Web Extensions can now hide tabs and control the order in which new tabs open.

2018-06-04

  • Firefox 60.0.1 is our current release.
  • Firefox 61 is in the Beta channel and goes to release on June 26th. We're in our 10th Beta with Beta 11 going out tomorrow. In the last week there have been about 40 bugs uplifted to Beta.
  • Firefox 62 is in our Nightly channel and goes to release on September 5. In the last week there have been about 360 bugs fixed including these notable changes:
    • Users can now set the number of rows for all sections of the New Tab Page. (bug 1400536)
    • Users can now toggle Tracking Protection from the Firefox menu. (bug 1462468)
    • Shadow DOM support has landed in Nightly. (bug 1460069)
    • Race Cache With Network (RCWN) is enabled on Android when cellular data isn't used. (bug 1377570)

2018-05-14

2018-05-07

  • Firefox 59.0.3 is our current release. The latest point release shipped last Monday for compatibility with the Windows 10 April 2018 update.
  • Firefox 60 is wrapping up in the Beta channel and releases this Wednesday. New to 60 are these features:
    • Support for enterprise environments, with a policy engine that allows customized Firefox deployments using Windows Group Policy or a cross-platform JSON file.
    • Several enhancements to New Tab/Firefox Home page
      • A responsive layout that shows more content for users with wide-screen displays
      • The Highlights section includes web pages saved to Pocket
      • There are more options to reorder sections and content on the page
      • Pocket Sponsored Stories will appear for a percentage of en-US users
    • A faster browser UI thanks to Quantum CSS
    • Support for the Web Authentication API, which allows USB tokens for website authentication
    • TLS certificates issued by Symantec before June 1st, 2016 are no longer trusted by Firefox
    • And, last but not least, Firefox for Android gets Quantum CSS for faster web page rendering.
  • Firefox 61 was in the Nightly channel under soft code freeze until this morning. It's now in the Beta channel. In the last week we've seen about 350 bugs fixes including these:
  • And finally, the Nightly channel is now Firefox 62.

2018-04-30

  • Firefox 59.0.2 is our current release.
  • Firefox 60 is in the Beta channel and releases on May 9th. Our Release Candidate build happens tomorrow so we're basically wrapped up with Firefox 60. Over the last week, we've seen about 20 fixes uplifted to the Beta channel. A reminder, Firefox 60 is an ESR release. Finally, with Firefox 60 we're going to see Pocket sponsored stories coming to the new tab page. You can read all about that here
  • Firefox 61 is in the Nightly channel and goes to release on June 26th. mozilla-central is currently in a soft freeze until after the version bump to 62 on May 7th. Over the last week we've fixed about 480 bugs including these:

2018-04-23

2018-04-16

  • Firefox 59.0.2 is our current release.
  • Firefox 60 is in the Beta channel and goes to release on May 9th. This is an ESR release.
  • Firefox 61 is in the Nightly channel and goes to release on June 26th. In the last week we've seen about 460 bugs resolved, including these notable fixes:

2018-04-09

  • Firefox 59.0.2 is our current released version.
  • Firefox 60 is in Beta and is scheduled to hit release May 9th, a month from today. A reminder that Firefox 60 is our next ESR release so it's going to be supported for a while. In the last week Firefox 60 Beta has seen about 50 fixes including uplifts for the memory leak I mentioned last week and a couple of additional policies for the enterprise-facing policy engine.
  • Firefox 61 is in the Nightly channel and is due for release on June 26th. In the last week the Nightly channel has seen approximately 460 bugs fixed including a fix for a scroll painting regression. replacing our Emojione implementation with Twitter Emoji (Twemoji) and the addition of about a half a dozen more enterprise policies.
  • Mozilla and Firefox have been in the news a lot the last few weeks. Yesterday Mozilla and Firefox were on NBC's Sunday TODAY Show. Check it out. The segment features Mitchell Baker and Amy Tsay.

2018-04-02

  • Firefox 59.0.2 is our in-market release. It fixes a couple of significant issues:
    • A fix for page rendering problems for Windows users with ClearType disabled, (Bug 1435472)
    • A temporary fix for a Windows 7 touchscreen crasher, (bug 1424505)
    • A security issue fixed. Use-after-free in compositor, (10th advisory of 2018)
  • Firefox 60 Beta 8 is the latest Beta with Beta 9 due tomorrow. A reminder: Firefox 60 is our next ESR. In the last week we've uplifted about 50 bugs.
  • Firefox 61 is in the Nightly channel. Over the last week we've seen 475 bugs fixed including:
  • Off the trains, the Facebook Container extension, which isolates your Facebook identity from the rest of your web activity, has seen some dramatic uptake by users (200K downloads in first 3 days,) and garnered great reviews and press. We're working on updates expected soon.

2018-03-26

2018-03-19

  • Firefox 59 shipped last Tuesday.
    • Firefox 59.01 shipped on Friday to fix a security bug that came out of the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest.
    • We've got one significant regression in this release that causes rendering problems for people who have turned off ClearType font rendering on Windows. The workaround is to re-enable ClearType in Windows or to disable Hardware Acceleration in Firefox. Top people are working on it.
  • Firefox 60 is in the Beta channel. Our 5th Beta is scheduled for tomorrow. In the last week, we've uplifted approximately 15 fixes.
  • Firefox 61 is in the Nightly channel. Over the last week there have been approximately 475 fixes landed including these performance improvements:

2018-03-12

  • Firefox 59 ships tomorrow, March 13th and includes these changes
    • Option to stop websites from asking to send notifications or access your device’s