Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Firefox Proton Review 2021

Mozilla released Firefox 89 on June 1, 2021. This is the fifth major browser update in 2021. This new release comes with the brand new Proton user-interface.

In Mozilla’s own words “We’ve redesigned and modernized the core experience to be cleaner, more inviting, and easier to use.” 

 The new design includes several changes. These changes are mainly related to the user-interface of the browser.

 I’ll cover some of the key changes in this brief Firefox Review.

First of all, you'll find subtle changes in the main toolbar which now includes more spacing between icons. I generally use the Compact mode which is now been removed. So now you only have two options: Normal; and Touch.

Secondly, you'll notice that the tabs have also been redesigned. The new ones are called "floating tabs" and rounded corners. I personally preferred the earlier ones, from a functional standpoint, but the new ones look better.

Thirdly, the hamburger menu has been streamlined and reorganized to be less cluttered with fewer items. They have also removed the icons which I found useful.

Finally, you will also find redesigned prompts with rounded corners. For example, when you right-click on various sections of the browser, the pop-up prompts have a cleaner look and feel.

On the privacy side of things, Mozilla has now made the Total Cookie Protection as the default option in Private Browsing mode. Total Cookie Protection was introduced in version 87 in order to isolate cookies by website. This prevents cookies from being used to track you from site to site.

So these were some of the notable changes in Firefox 89 dubbed Firefox Proton. 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 remained steady compared to the earlier version. On the other hand, Google Chrome has continues to outperform.

Well, hope you found this brief Firefox Proton Review helpful. Overall, I've gotten used to the new user-interface, but that cannot be said for many of the current Firefox users. I think it will definitely take some "getting used to", but feel free to share your experience using the new user-interface in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by!

CREDITS: Browser Benchmark Tests Performed Using Browsermark from Basemark: http://web.basemark.com/ | Firefox information and logos used under Creative Commons License Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) | Microsoft, Windows, and the Windows logo are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries | Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission | Images and graphics used are public domain via Pixabay unless otherwise mentioned | Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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