Mozilla Firefox Browser

  • Developer: Mozilla Foundation and its contributers Mozilla Corporation
  • Genre: -
  • Version: 63.0.3
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Official information

Release Date September 23, 2002
Developer Mozilla Foundation and its contributers Mozilla Corporation
Publisher -
Genre -
Language English, 30+
System Linux, OS X 10.9 or later, Windows 7 or later
Version 63.0.3

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Firefox Review. Browse Freely

It’s more than a popular web browser; it’s one of the most popular applications ever. Mozilla Firefox is a triumph of freeware, built by Mozilla Foundation and adored by millions. It’s been losing its popularity to Chrome and Chromium-based revamped Opera, but recent Quantum update made Firefox great again.

The Red Appearance

Leo Tolstoy today would say that all good browsers are alike.  So Firefox is distinguished first of all by its logo. Anything else resembles other browsers: there is a combined address/search line at the top, navigation buttons to the left, extensions and menu buttons to the right. The rest of the screen is meant for displaying web pages.

Being one of the most popular browsers, Firefox looks just like a default browser should, no matter what the platform is. The buttons (even in Firefox for Windows 10) are big enough to hit them both with the cursor or with your finger. The developers keep in mind that there are more and more transformers and touchscreen PCs. So it’s easy to use both with keyboard and mouse and with touch controls even in a desktop version. Vice versa, if your mobile device supports these peripherals, you can use, say, Bluetooth mouse to navigate Firefox for Android. The controls of Firefox are considered the simplest among all mainstream browsers in 2018.

The appearance of pages can be altered with special extensions. They allow changing background, cutting off ads or removing everything but text and photos.

You Already Know Each Other

First of all, Firefox is meant for browsing the Internet. All modern browsers, again, support the actual HTML standards well enough not to experience any troubles with displaying pages. The same is with media contents: while Firefox for Windows Vista (or any other old OS) can sometimes fail at some video, modern versions don’t. You can watch embedded media elements on web pages with any Firefox version, both desktop and mobile.

Besides simply opening web pages, it supports safe connection, stores logins and passwords, saves history and bookmarks. The desktop version is fully integrated with Mozilla Thunderbird, a popular email client. That offers the new level of integration between emailing and browsing.

Firefeatures

There are quite a few features that make some prefer Firefox to any other browser, and first of all, it’s the cloud syncing. While Google Chrome has it all too, its policy made many feel suspicious lately about some Chrome activity (like automatic login). Firefox is free of that stuff, and at the same time, you can get all your bookmarks, passwords, and history from your Firefox for PC on, say, Firefox for iOS.

Another handy feature is the extensions. They can add new features even to the old versions, like Firefox for Windows 7. Alas, they’re not supported by mobile versions, but they are versatile for desktop platforms. The variety of them is impressing: they provide quick access to popular messengers or web services, remove ads from pages, unlock hidden possibilities (like downloading content, translating on the go or making pages in a more readable style), change the appearance or provide extra productivity tools.

The browser also can protect your privacy with its built-in incognito mode, provide the best experience with customizable appearance and speak your native language due to language packs.

New versions frequently appear, with added features and fixed bugs. You can set up automatic update. But if you need Firefox for Windows 7/8 or other old platforms, you can download some old version that fits your hardware and software best.

Where Does the Firefox Live?

There’s hardly a place where foxes can’t live, and Firefox makes no exception. It’s available throughout the desktop platforms; there is Firefox for Mac, Firefox for Windows XP and up to 10, and Firefox for Linux (including special Firefox for Ubuntu).

Mobile platforms are also inhabited. The mobile version is available for iOS and though there is no special Firefox for Kindle Fire, a generic APK can be downloaded from any external source and installed as a regular third-party app.

So Many Questions

  • Does it really consume a freaking lot of RAM?

All today’s browsers do. But Firefox’s appetites are still less than Chrome’s.

  • Does it have built-in messengers like Opera?

Not in the original version. But you can have them as extensions. There are official extensions for WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram.

  • Can it be synced with Edge or Chrome?

There are special tools for importing data from other browsers. As you install Firefox with another browser still installed, it will run Import Master that can import bookmarks, history, logins, and passwords from Chrome or other mainstream browsers. If you intend to delete the other browser, don’t hurry. You can do it after Firefox fetches all its data.

  • Is Firefox a memory-eater?

Any application consumes memory. With dozens of tabs open, a web browser increases its appetites up to infinity. But it quite stands the competition with Opera and outruns Edge or Chrome.

Still being frequently updated, Firefox is no more the only alternative to default system browsers like Safari or Edge, but after Quantum update it’s a decent browser again, and when it comes to consuming memory or protecting privacy, it’s among the leaders.

Even if you’re good with Chrome or Opera, it’s worth trying. Maybe the new Firefox will find the place on your PC, mobile device or both.

Conclusion

So, Firefox is here to stay, and if you need to sync your browsing data across your devices but don’t want Chrome, it’s the ultimate option. You can download Firefox APK for mobile devices at app stores or get an installer for Mac or Windows at official site.

Cons:

  • Said to consume too much memory (though not completely true)

Pros:

  • Totally free
  • Miscellaneous add-ons available
  • Cloud syncing
  • Available for various devices
  • Quite moderate at consuming RAM
  • Easy to transfer from other browsers
  • Cares about your privacy more than Chrome.

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