Mozilla Releases Firefox 68

Posted on July 9, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, iOS, Mac and macOS, Mobile, Mozilla Firefox, Windows 10 with 9 Comments

Today, Mozilla announced the release of Firefox 68 for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and enterprise.

“With this latest Firefox release we’ve added new features so you can browse the web the way you want — unfettered and free,” Mozilla’s Marissa Wood wrote in the announcement. “We’ve also made improvements for IT managers who want more flexibility when using Firefox in the workplace.”

Here’s what’s new:

Improvements to Firefox Reader View. Firefox Reader View picks up a new “blackout shade” that makes the entire experience dark when the browser is using dark mode. “Initially, this only covered the text area,” Mozilla notes. “Now, when a user moves the contrast to dark all the sections of the site — including the sidebars and toolbars will be completely in dark mode.”

Firefox Recommended Extensions. Mozilla has curated a list of recommended extensions that have been thoroughly reviewed for security, usability, and usefulness and made them available to users in a list on the “Get Add-ons” page in the Firefox Add-ons Manager (about:addons).

Report bad extensions. Mozilla is making it easier to report bad extensions directly through the Firefox Add-ons Manager, part of a larger effort to make the add-ons ecosystem safer.

New Firefox for iOS features. Firefox for iOS is picking up two new features in this release, bookmark editing and a way to configure sites to always open in the desktop (rather than mobile) version.

Firefox for Enterprise features. Firefox for Enterprise gets new policies for IT admins and pros who want to customize Firefox for their employees. You can find the complete list of policies here.

This week’s release follows Firefox 67, from May, and since then, Mozilla announced that it was enabling tracking protection in Firefox by default.

You can find Firefox for desktop at the Firefox website. Firefox for iOS is available from the Apple App Store. And Firefox for Enterprise is available from the Mozilla website.