Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Firefox 98 Review 2022

Mozilla released Firefox 98 on March 8, 2022. This is the third major browser update in 2022.

This is the tenth update for the new Proton user-interface which was first 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 98 release, there is not much to report in terms of new features, but I will cover a couple of notable changes in this blog post.

First up,  Mozilla has optimized the Download Flow. First of all, you will no longer see the download prompt when downloading files in Firefox, unless you changed the settings to "Always Ask". This download behavior is similar to what you see in Google Chrome.

Secondly, once you download a file you will see some new right-click options. For example, you can "Always Open Similar Files" automatically after they are downloaded.

You can open the folder where the files are downloaded. You can now also delete the files right from there. You can check this detailed Firefox Support article.

Next up, Firefox allows users to set a default search engine from one of several built-in search engines options.

In this new Firefox 98 release, some users who had previously set a default engine might notice their default search engine has changed since Mozilla was unable to secure formal permission to continue including certain search engines in Firefox.

So these were some of the notable changes in Firefox 98. 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. Hope you found this brief review helpful and thanks for stopping by!

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