Welcome to the Mozilla Firefox 62.0 release information overview. Mozilla plans to release Firefox 62.0 for desktop and Android devices on September 5, 2018.
All Firefox channels have received updates: Firefox Stable to version 62.0, Firefox Beta to version 63.0, Firefox Nightly to version 64.0, and Firefox ESR to Firefox ESR 60.2
The new version of Firefox ESR is a milestone release, at least for Firefox ESR users who are still using Firefox ESR 52.x as the version is no longer supported and Firefox 60.x does not support legacy extensions anymore.
Firefox 62.0 comes with the usual assortment of changes and new features. Mozilla starts to push Tracking Protection in the new version and plans to improve the functionality by the privacy feature even further in coming releases.
Firefox 62.0 may not be available via the browser's automatic update functionality at the time of publication. You can check for updates by selecting Menu > Help > About Firefox at any time.
If you prefer to download Firefox manually, use the following links that point to Mozilla to do so.
Disconnecting Sync: new wipe option
Firefox users who disconnect the browser from Sync, the browser's data synchronization feature, get an option in Firefox 62.0 to wipe the data from the device.
Do the following to disconnect Firefox from Sync:
Data that you selected will be removed from the local device in the process (but not remotely).
Change display of New Tab Page sections
Firefox displays content on the New Tab Page by default including options to run web searches, a list of top sites, highlights, and snippets.
Users can hide these sections individually to customize the New Tab Page or install extensions like New Tab Override for better customization options.
Firefox 62.0 comes with new options to change the number of top site and highlight rows on the New Tab page.
Tracking Protection toggle in Menu
A click on the main menu displays an option to toggle Tracking Protection in Firefox. If you enable Tracking Protection here, it is enabled for sites you visit in regular browsing mode.
You can verify that this is the case with a click on the i-icon in the address bar as the status of Tracking Protection is highlighted in the overlay. Mozilla plans to improve the tracking functionality in future versions.
Mozilla removed the Developer Toolbar, also known as GCLI from Firefox 62.0. You could launch the toolbar with the shortcut Shift-F2 to run commands much like you would from a command prompt.
We talked about the removal of the Developer Toolbar in length here, Mozilla plans to integrate popular features such as Restart
Other developer related changes:
Only one change listed: improved scrolling performance.
Mozilla plans to push Tracking Protection (finally) in coming versions of Firefox to give users options to block some or even all trackers when they use the browser.
Tracker blocking is an important step for Mozilla as content blocking is one of the few areas that Google won't compete in.
Additional information / sources
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