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Win64 Firefox IS here…

…starting with Firefox 42 but you need to go to the Mozilla FTP site in order to download it. Once you click the link, find the most current version of Firefox and click that link, then click on the win64 link. Choose your localized (language) build then download the .exe setup file. At sometime in the future, the Win64 build will be offered directly from the Firefox downloads page. Per Bug 1181014, 32-bit Windows users who are running 64-Bit version of Windows will be offered an updated to the 64-bit version. This likely won’t happen until sometime next year after some…

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Silverlight Support Returning To 64-Bit Firefox

At least for a while as Mozilla still plans on deprecating Silverlight support sometime in the future (much as Google and Microsoft already have). Bug 1225293 which was made public today indicates Mozilla’s short term plans to support Silverlight in the Win64 builds. When exactly Silverlight will return to the Firefox 64-Bit builds is not exactly known. It could (but not likely) be with Firefox 43 already in Beta and due out December 15th, 2015 or (more likely) Firefox 44 still in Developer’s Edition (Aurora) and due out in late January 2016 or Firefox 45 currently in Nightly builds and due out…

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Firefox 42 Released

Mozilla release the next scheduled update of Firefox with Firefox 42 on Tuesday, November 3rd. There are several changes and updates to this version including changes to private browsing. More information is available in the Release Notes. Depending on their update settings, users should be prompted to update within 48-hours of this release or can do so in Firefox via Help > About Firefox or download and manually install the new version via the getfirefox.com site. The next scheduled release is Firefox 43 set for around December 15th.

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‘Give Microsoft Edge a Shot’

The title of this post sounds quite like a marketing gimmick by Microsoft to promote their new Windows 10 browser. It could be for a TV commercial or online advertisement. Actually it is the messages Windows 10 users may see if a new ‘feature’ in a forthcoming Windows 10 update is left in place when they attempt to change their default browser to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Microsoft has already made it a pain for users to change their default browser by making them do it from within the Windows 10 settings instead of allowing from within the browser itself. But, now…

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Firefox 41.0.2 Released

On Thursday, October 15th, Mozilla released an update for the Firefox 41.0 branch with Firefox 41.0.2. This update addressed the following issues: Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2015-115: 2015-115 Cross-origin restriction bypass using Fetch The next planned release will be Firefox 42 on November 3rd.  

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Following in the footsteps of Google and Microsoft, Mozilla plans to eliminate support for the ancient NPAPI plugins (with the exception of heavily sandboxed version of Flash) in the next year. This would include the 32-bit versions of Firefox. There has been a lot of heated discussions in the past few months in regards to Mozilla removing the support of NPAPI plugins (mainly Silverlight and Java) from the upcoming (Firefox 43?) Windows 64-bit (Win64) version of Firefox. I agree this needs to be done as NPAPI plugin technology is over 20-years old from the Netscape days and is badly outdated…

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Firefox 41.0.1 Released

On Wednesday, September 30th, Mozilla released an update for the Firefox 41.0 branch with Firefox 41.0.1. This update addressed the following issues: Fix a startup crash related to Yandex toolbar and Adblock Plus (1209124) Fix potential hangs with Flash plugins (1185639) Fix a regression in the bookmark creation (1206376) Fix a startup crash with some Intel Media Accelerator 3150 graphic cards (1207665) Fix a graphic crash, occurring occasionally on Facebook (1178601) Crash when serializing a principal with unknown app id (1205456) The next planned release will be Firefox 42 on November 3rd.  

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Firefox 41.0.1 Released

Mozilla release an emergency update for the Firefox 41 branch on Wednesday, September 30th with Firefox 41.0.1 release. This release addressed the following issues: Startup crash in mozilla::layers::CompositorD3D11::GetTextureFactoryIdentifier() Changing properties of a new bookmark while adding it acts on the last bookmark in the current container Firefox hangs with flash plugins Startup crash in nsStyleSet::GatherRuleProcessors(nsStyleSet::sheetType) possibly related to Yandex toolbar and Adblock Plus Crash in mozilla::gl::GLBlitHelper::BlitImageToTexture User should be prompted to update or can do so manually via Help > About Firefox or download and install the latest version viagetfirefox.com. The next planned release is Firefox 42 on November 3rd.

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Firefox 41 Released

Mozilla release the next update to Firefox on Tuesday, September 22nd with Firefox 41.0. This release included many fixes, updates and changes which can be reviewed in the release notes. Also note: Extension Signing Validation can still be disabled in this version by changing xpinstall.signatures.required to False in about:config. There is not an official Windows 64-bit (Win64) version of Firefox 41, this is currently planned for Firefox 42. User should be prompted to update or can do so manually via Help > About Firefox or download and install the latest version via getfirefox.com. The next planned release is Firefox 42 on November 3rd….

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Mozilla: Windows 10 and Users Choice

Mozilla Future Releases has published the article Windows 10 and User Choice, which talks about some the changes that have occurred with Firefox as a result of Windows 10. Besides Windows 10 making Edge your default browser (unless you do a custom install), web searches using Cortana are done though Bing. The article goes on to explain how they have been able to workaround some these changes. But first, they talk about the UI change in regards to the search feature for the Windows 10 version of Firefox: User choice is a core principle with which we design our products….

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