Firefox has released another non-LTS version that brings two amazing new features along with the usual bug fixing, performance improvements and developer tools evolution.
I personally used Chromium for a long time now snobing every new Firefox release, although I always give the latest version of the popular open source browser of the Mozilla foundation a chance.
New download experience
What seemed to annoy me in every release of the past is the way downloads are showed and managed. This time I am very happy to see that the download experience has been greatly enhanced!
What you see in the above video is a completely new way of managing your downloads on Firefox, that truly exceeded my expectations! You now get a button on the top right that will flash to inform you when a download begins and will transform itself into a progress bar for as long as you are downloading.
Clicking the button will provide the usual remaining time and downloaded size info, as well as options like “Show in folder” for the three latest downloads of yours. If you want to access the download library in order to see previous downloads you will have to press the “Show all downloads” and you will get a comprehensive manageable list.
The second thing that arrives on Firefox through this version is the Private Browsing mode that is basically the corresponding incognito mode in Chrome. Private Browsing allows you to browse the Internet without saving any information about which sites and pages you’ve visited, meaning that no cookies will be saved, no files will be stored in the downloaded files library, no visited pages history will be saved, no search autocomplete data will enriched by what you typed and no passwords will be saved.
The best part is that Private Browsing doesn’t open a new window like Chrome does with incognito mode. You can switch from and to Private Browsing mode whenever you like from the same window.
The rest of the changes include 11 bug fixes, performance improvements for page loading, downloading and the shutting down of the application, ability to close hanging plugins without the browser hanging and so much more…
I am very pleased with what version 20 brings and willing to give Firefox another chance to become my main browser application (again). I will definitely not judge harsh until I see all these new technologies along with those that will come working like a charm on the next LTS version that will be the 24. Firefox FTW!