MOZILLA HAS put its money where its mouth is with the announcement of Firefox 40, which brings with it support for Windows 10.
The new edition of Firefox includes full support for replacing Microsoft Edge as the default browser, and a tweaked UI with "bigger, bolder design elements as well as more space for viewing the web".
The result bears more than a striking resemblance to the minimalism of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, reflecting a company that has used its membership of the Microsoft Insider programme to prepare for this moment.
As part of the update, Mozilla has introduced a new certification programme for add-ons, similar to that introduced by Google for Chrome last year. From today, users of uncertified extensions will see on-screen warning messages explaining the new policy. Future editions will go one stage further by blocking these extensions altogether.
The much-trailed browser comes in the wake of Mozilla's open letter to Microsoft criticising its decision to move security updates to a silent mandatory process, doing away with the traditional Patch Tuesday.
As part of the subversion tactics, Firefox will now remember your preferred search engine in the browser and will override web searches conducted in the Windows environment, such as the task bar, and render them in your choice, rather than the Windows default of Bing.
Ahead of an iOS version of Firefox said to be in the works, the Android edition has had some nips and tucks as well. Long presses of the forward and back keys now trigger jump lists of page history, jpeg files will now be compacted to take up less room, and there is additional support for unwanted software downloads triggered by pages.
Mozilla had previously worked on a Windows 8 App version of its browser for the Metro/Modern interface, but work was abandoned owing principally to lack of interest. This new edition has the look and feel of a Universal App, meaning it will work across the tiles and the desktop, as well as other devices down the line. µ
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