Mozilla will release Firefox 56.0 to the Stable channel on September 29th, 2017. The new Firefox version will be made available to all users of the Stable channel.
The new version of the browser can best be described as a minor release in anticipation of the biggest Firefox release in history: Firefox 57.
All Firefox channels are or have been updated to a new release version. Firefox Stable to version 56, Firefox Beta and Developer to version 57, and Firefox Nightly to version 58. The Firefox ESR update brings the version to 52.4.
Existing Firefox users who have automatic updates enabled in the browser -- which is the default setting -- will be updated automatically to Firefox 56.0 once Mozilla publishes it. Firefox does not check for updates in real-time though; you can run a manual check for updates by selecting Menu > Help > About Firefox.
Firefox displays the current version in a new window, and runs an update check to find out if a new version is available. This new version will be downloaded and installed automatically by default if that is the case.
Direct download links for Firefox installation files:
Firefox's built-in Page Shot tool is available to all users of the browser now. The tool lets you capture part of a web page or all of it, and save it locally or online for easy sharing.
Check out our overview of Firefox Screenshots here. It explains how the tool works, and how you can disable it in case you don't need it.
Firefox preferences changes
Firefox 56.0 ships with a redesigned preferences interface that introduces new features and changes to it. You can load about:preferences to open the starting page of the Firefox options, or click on Menu and select Options from it to do the same.
One major change is the integration of a search field that you may use to find preferences quickly. Type cookies for instance, and you get all cookies related preferences displayed to you so that you may interact with them directly.
The preferences display four entry points instead of the larger number of pages in Firefox 56.0. You may load them using the following addresses:
We talked about the change back in early 2017 when it rolled out to Nightly versions. Basically, what the redesign means is that you do less clicking but more scrolling to go through all of the preferences.
Mozilla notes that it has updated descriptions to make it clearer how settings affect browsing.
Only a handful of changes in Firefox for Android, but they are major:
Security changes are announced after the official release. We will update the review when Mozilla publishes them.
Firefox 56.0.1 was released on October 9, 2017 to the stable channel. It comes with the following two changes:
A larger list of known issues has been posted as well that are not resolved yet:
Firefox 56.0.2 has been released on October 26, 2017 to the stable channel. The new version fixes the following issues:
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