Mozilla today announced the release Firefox 69 to Release channel users. With this update, Enhanced Tracking Protection will be turned on by default for all users. Enhanced Tracking Protection on Firefox now blocks third-party tracking cookies and cryptominers under standard setting. Also, the optional strict setting blocks fingerprinters as well as the items blocked in the standard setting. Other new features that are part of Firefox 69 are listed below.
- The Block Autoplay feature is enhanced to give users the option to block any video that automatically starts playing, not just those that automatically play with sound.
- For our users in the US or using the en-US browser, we are shipping a new “New Tab” page experience that connects you to the best of Pocket’s content.
- Support for the Web Authentication HmacSecret extension via Windows Hello now comes with this release, for versions of Windows 10 May 2019 or newer, enabling more passwordless experiences on the web.
- Support for receiving multiple video codecs with this release makes it easier for WebRTC conferencing services to mix video from different clients.
- For our users on Windows 10, you’ll see performance and UI improvements:
- Firefox will give Windows hints to appropriately set content process priority levels, meaning more processor time spent on the tasks you’re actively working on, and less processor time spent on things in the background (with the exception of video and audio playback).
- For our existing Windows 10 users, you can easily find and launch Firefox from a shortcut on the Win10 taskbar.
- For our users on macOS, battery life and download UI are both improved:
- macOS users on dual-graphics-card machines (like MacBook Pro) will switch back to the low-power GPU more aggressively, saving battery life.
- Finder on macOS now displays download progress for files being downloaded.
You can download Firefox 69 here.