A few weeks after the deployment of Chrome and Edge 105, Firefox is in turn deploying version 105 of its browser. Few really interesting novelties accompanied the update 104, which Mozilla fixed with this new update. Indeed, reading between the lines of the release note, we notice that Firefox sees its performance greatly improved.
This is due to a new way of handling “poor memory situations”. The changes are effective on Windows, but will also be visible on Linux where users will be less likely to exhaust available memory. On macOS, users are fortunately not left out of new features since scrolling with the touchpad will be easier by detecting finger movements more effectively.
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Here’s everything new in Firefox 105 update
Added to this are several security patches, which alone justify installing the update. Indeed, the patches fix 4 high-risk, 2 moderate-risk and 2 low-risk security vulnerabilities. As for the rest of what’s new, here’s the full note shared by Mozilla:
- Added an option to print only the current page in the print preview dialog.
- Firefox now supports service workers grouped into third-party contexts. You can register service workers in a third party iframe and it will be partitioned under the main domain.
- The “Swipe to navigate” function (two fingers on a touchpad swiped left or right to go back or forward in history) is now enabled on Windows.
- Firefox now conforms to the User Timing L3 specification, which adds additional optional arguments to the performance.mark and performance methods. measure to provide custom start and end times, duration, and attached details.
- Searching for individual items in large lists is now twice as fast. This performance improvement replaces array. includes and array. indexOf by an optimized SIMD version.
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To install Firefox 105, all you have to do is open the settings menu at the top right of your window, then go to Help > About Mozilla Firefox. Then click on the button Restart to update Firefox to start the installation.