Firefox 105 has arrived! What can we expect?

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Key points:

  • The Mozilla Foundation has finally released Firefox 105 today
  • While it may not be a show-stopping release for many, there are a few interesting things worth looking at
  • The new feature upgrades and features have certainly made the browser faster and more memory-frugal

The Mozilla Foundation has finally announced the release of Firefox 105 today. Although the release was not a grand affair, there are a few interesting things worth looking at. Some of the new features come as a relief and a welcome sight for many in the community. 

The release of Firefox 105 comes just under five months after Firefox 100 was released in May 2022. Google Chrome 105 and Microsoft Edge 105 were released a few weeks ago. 

Firefox 105 is available on Mac, Windows, and Linux machines. 

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Firefox 105 – what’s new?

Although the new features are subtle and not huge to the eye, they offer a pleasant experience to users. Take a look at some of the new features below. 

  • A new function is added to print only the current page from the print preview dialog
  • Now, Firefox also supports partitioned service workers in third-party contexts
  • Firefox currently supports the User Timing L3 specification, which increases the performance by adding more optional arguments
  • Now, searching through lengthy lists for specific products is twice as quick.

 Mozilla has considerably enhanced performance on Windows by modifying the way Firefox responds to low memory conditions. Linux users will enjoy the same advantages since Firefox will no longer run out of memory frequently. Meanwhile, “reducing unintended diagonal scrolling opposite of the desired scroll axis” has improved accessibility for macOS touchpad scrolling.

Firefox 105 for iOS and Android is also being released. While the Android build changes the UI to use the Android default typeface, the iOS build ships with minor homepage and layout improvements.

 Firefox for Android addresses issues with sharing tabs from other Firefox devices. Several security patches are included in the update for both desktop and mobile devices.

Inspiration for new changes and Firefox 106 beta

The changes in Firefox 105 are like the ones we have seen in recent releases including Firefox 104. Version 103 included the underlining of required fields in PDF forms, whereas Firefox 104 introduced throttling of the whole Firefox UI to enhance speed and battery life when minimized or hidden by other windows.

Besides, Firefox 106 Beta has also arrived. The only new feature we can comment on right now is improvements in the browser’s PDF viewer, which can handle drawing, e-signature, and text writing. Firefox is also expected to see noteworthy improvements to its WebRTC capabilities. However, we are not yet sure if these changes will be featured in Firefox 106. 

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Karandeep is a technical content writer based out of Pune, a city in India that is also known as the Oxford of the East. His journey with writing started in 2014 when he decided to try his luck in a gaming startup as a Content Developer. Since then, he has written on a wide range of topics within the gaming and the tech space. Apart from his love for gaming, Karandeep is keeping tabs on the hottest trends in the tech industry. After completing his Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) from Symbiosis International University, Pune, he worked as an intern in an NGO that focused on urban development.
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