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Firefox 48 Offers Multi-Process Feature to Eliminate Freezing and Crashes

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 9:14
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Version 48 of Firefox is rolling out to users this week — and it is actually an update to get excited about.

Mozilla is rolling out multi-process Firefox for Desktop to its general audience that separates the Web content you are viewing from the browser’s UI processes. This makes freezes and crashes less likely.

“With this, we’re taking a major step forward in improving Firefox for Desktop. Users should experience a Firefox that is less susceptible to freezing and is generally more responsive to input, while retaining the experience and features that users love,” said Firefox vice-president of product Nick Nguyen. “This means when a web page is consuming a large part of your computer’s processing power, your tabs, buttons and menus won’t lock up.”

Multi-process Firefox, which is also known as Electrolysis or e10s, is slowly rolling out to release users, beginning with one percent and increasing by nearly half the Firefox Release “if things go as expected.” To find out if your Firefox has enabled e10s, type “about:support” into the URL bar. If a 1/1 (Enabled by default) pops up under the Multiprocess Windows line item, then you are one of the lucky ones.


The Awesome Bar has also been updated to supply more suggestions in an easier-to-read format. Icons will pop up when a suggestion is recommending a site that is already in your bookmarks or open tabs.


A redesign of the Discovery Pane, meanwhile, enables you to better personalize your browsing experience and simplify installation for featured add-ons to just one click. It also uses clean images and text to keep you organized you as you explore Firefox.


The new version of Firefox for Android merges your Reading Lists into Bookmarks and your Synced tabs into the History Panel. This means your reading list items will now be available across devices alongside your bookmark.

Here are the links to download the latest Firefox for desktop and Android. 


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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