Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Firefox 94 Review 2021

Mozilla released Firefox 94 on November 2, 2021. This is the tenth major browser update in 2021.

This is the sixth update for the new Proton user-interface which was released in June 2021. In this blog post, I cover some of the notable changes in this new browser update.

In the past couple of years, Mozilla has been releasing updates almost on a monthly basis for the Firefox web browser. However, not all of their updates include major changes and new features.

In this new Firefox 94 release, there are several notable changes to highlight which I will cover in this blog post.

First up, Colorways theme colors - when you first install Firefox or update to the latest version, you will see a dialog box to select a color palette. You'll find 6 main seasonal colors which you can further customize. There are three other color tones for each main seasonal color: Soft, Balanced, and Bold. You can also find these Colorways by going to "about:addons” in the Themes section.

Secondly, with Tabs Unloading in Firefox 94 you can manually unload tabs that are hogging system resources without closing the tabs. You can go to "about:unloads" to see all the open tabs and use the Unload button, when needed.

Thirdly, introduces Windows Background Updates - if you go to "about:preferences" (in the GENERAL tab) under “Allow Firefox to" you can set up updates to happen automatically using the background agent. I've personally disabled this automatic update feature by unchecking the appropriate box.

Fourthly, Site Isolation in Firefox will now protect users against side-channel attacks such as Spectre. This new security architecture allows Firefox to completely separate code originating from different sites and, in turn, defends against malicious sites trying to access sensitive information from other sites you are visiting. You can read more about how this works via this blog post by Anny.

Fifthly, Firefox will no longer warn users, by default, that multiple tabs are open when the browser is closed. However, if you go to “about:preferences” (under GENERAL) in the Tabs section; you can check the appropriate box, if you want to get a warning message.

And finally, Mozilla has rolled out the Firefox Multi-Account Containers extension with integration of Mozilla's VPN service. This lets you use a different server location for each container.

So these were some of the notable changes in Firefox 94. 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 continues to outperform.

Well, that pretty much covers it in terms of the Firefox 94 update. Hope you found this review helpful. If you have any questions or feedback to provide, please leave them in the section. Thanks for stopping by!

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