Firefox 20 Introduces Per-Windows Private Browsing, A New Download Manager, & More [Updates]

Ads by Google

Mozilla has released Firefox 20 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android, and it’s filled with new features that should bring great joy to users of the popular Web browser. These features include per-window private browsing, a new download manager in the toolbar, and the ability to force-close stuck plugins separately.

Per-window private browsing is a feature that will have many users excited. While private browsing has been available in Firefox for some time, it always required users to open a separate private window, which completely replaced the current session, not allowing for concurrent browsing in private and non-private modes. The update allows users to go private while maintaining access to their other tabs, and on Android, to open a private tab next to their regular tabs.

The update also makes tracking downloads easier, with a new download monitor which now appears in the Firefox toolbar. This allows users to view and find downloaded files without leaving the current browsing window, and could easily eliminate the need for various download add-ons you may have been using.

Firefox 20 also adds the ability to close hanging plugins separately, without having the entire browser hang hopelessly. This is a nice little stability tweak that prevents you from having to shut down the whole browser every time something goes amiss. In addition to these awesome new features, there are plenty of other improvements and fixes. Firefox fans most certainly have a reason to rejoice.

Firefox 20 is available to download from Mozilla’s website, or through an in-app update, if Firefox is already installed.

Do you like these new Firefox features? Can it persuade you to switch to Firefox?

Source: Firefox Blog

Join live MakeUseOf Groups on Grouvi App Join live Groups on Grouvi
Mozilla Firefox Fans
Mozilla Firefox Fans
11 Members
Safari Browser Tips
Safari Browser Tips
7 Members
Internet Explorer (IE) Tips
Internet Explorer (IE) Tips
2 Members
Best Mobile Browsers
Best Mobile Browsers
7 Members
Google Chrome Mastery
Google Chrome Mastery
5 Members
Ads by Google
Comments (26)
  • Jerome Rosen

    Just installed Firefox 20. It refuses to start on my Home Page- only Blank Tab. Been using FF for years & never encountered this problem before. Don’t have this problem with FF 19.0.2 or IE or Chrome or Comodo Ice Dragon. Really frustrating.

    P.S. Been in the computer business for over 40 years.

  • Ayham Alkasir

    Wow what a great version of Mozilla, two great new features in Firefox’s 20th version.
    it will remain no1 for all advanced users as I guess.

  • macwitty

    Glad to see Firefox “back”. Used the download yesterday, nice

  • Luigi Ramones

    I’m loving the improved download panel. Always hated the old on.

  • Nevzat A

    I don’t know if it’s just me but Firefox 20 seems way faster than it’s previous versions. No lags between switching tabs. I loved it!

Load 10 more
Affiliate Disclamer

This review may contain affiliate links, which pays us a small compensation if you do decide to make a purchase based on our recommendation. Our judgement is in no way biased, and our recommendations are always based on the merits of the items.

For more details, please read our disclosure.
Affiliate Disclamer

This review may contain affiliate links, which pays us a small compensation if you do decide to make a purchase based on our recommendation. Our judgement is in no way biased, and our recommendations are always based on the merits of the items.

For more details, please read our disclosure.