FIREFOX Experience the best new features in Firefox 55
It’s fair to say that the last few releases of Firefox haven’t exactly gripped the imagination, focusing mainly on under-the-bonnet tweaks and bug fixes. So hurrah for Firefox 55, which gives the browser a kick up the tail end in features and performance. Highlights include:
The ability to open more than 1,500 tabs in just 15 seconds. This is according to a Mozilla developer rather than our own tests, and does seem rather excessive on the tab front – but still useful to know!
New settings to tweak the browser’s performance on the Options/general tab. These let you use hardware acceleration when available and increase the number of content processes Firefox uses, for a potential speed boost.
Search with any installed search engine directly from the address bar – not just the search box – by clicking its logo. Firefox also now suggests search terms by default when you start typing a query.
Move the sidebar that shows your bookmarks, history and synced tabs to the right-hand side of the browser by clicking the down arrow next to its title and choosing ‘ Move Sidebar to Right’.
Adobe Flash content is now click-to-activate rather than auto-playing and only allowed on secure sites.
Mozilla also tested a new screen-capture tool in some beta versions of the browser, but we haven’t yet seen this in ours.