Mozilla this week updated Firefox across desktop and mobile, and the firm revealed that the browser is coming to the Microsoft Store.
“Microsoft has loosened restrictions on its [Microsoft] Store [in Windows 10 and 11] that effectively banned third-party browsers from the store,” Mozilla explains of that latter update. “We have been advocating for years for more user choice and control on the Windows operating system. We welcome the news that their store is now more open to companies and applications, including independent browsers like Firefox. We believe that a healthier internet is one where people have an opportunity to choose from a diverse range of browsers and browser engines. Firefox will be available in the Windows store later this year.”
Separate from that, the newly-released Firefox 93 for desktop now supports the AVIF image format, adds new PDF form-filling functionality, and blocks downloads that rely on insecure connections. On Windows, Firefox 93 will automatically unload tabs when available system memory is critically low. And on macOS, Firefox 93 works more reliably when users run the browser from a mounted .DMG file.
Mozilla also released two new mobile browser versions. Its minimalist Firefox Focus gets a fresh new look with new colors, a new logo and a dark theme, plus improved access to privacy tracking and blocking. And Firefox for Android added new password creation and sync features that work across mobile and desktop, plus password autofill functionality across the mobile OS.
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