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Today, Mozilla released Firefox 89, bringing a simpler and fresher new design to the browser on desktop and mobile.

“Even though we’re in the web browser business, we know you don’t go online to look at Firefox, it’s more that you look through Firefox to get to everything on the open web,” Mozilla’s MJ Kelly writes in the announcement post. “In today’s major release, Firefox sports a fresh new design that gets you where you’re going online, fast and distraction-free. And since we’re all about privacy, we’re also expanding integrated privacy protections in Firefox, so you feel safe and free to be yourself online thanks to fewer eyes following you across the web.”

Here’s what’s new in Firefox 89.

Redesign. Firefox 89 sports a simple, modern, and efficient new design that should work well on PCs and devices of all sizes, with new icons and typography, and streamlined toolbars and menus.

Improved tabs. Tabs are now curved and float above the toolbar, a visual indicator that they can be grabbed and moved to a new location.

Notification improvements. This is reason enough to use Firefox: Notifications and alerts take up less space, non-essential alerts and messages have been removed altogether, and media autoplay is turned off by default.

Improved privacy protections. The Total Cookie Protection feature moves from the optional strict setting to always-on in private browsing. “This feature maintains a separate ‘cookie jar’ for each website you visit while browsing privately,” Kelly explains. “Any time a site deposits a cookie, Firefox locks it up in its own cookie jar so that it can’t be shared with any other website.”

Mobile improvements. Firefox for Android, iPhone, and iPad is now optimized with key actions now taking fewer steps for searches, navigation, and tab viewing.

You can download Firefox for Windows, Mac, and Linux from the Firefox website.

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