Mozilla Firefox 124 Is Now Available for Download, Here’s What’s New

The Mozilla Firefox 124 open-source and cross-platform web browser is now available for download ahead of its official unveiling on March 19th, 2024. Let’s explore the new features and improvements.

Firefox 124 introduces several enhancements, including updates to the Caret Browsing mode, which now extends its functionality to the PDF viewer. Additionally, this release incorporates support for the Screen Wake Lock API, ensuring that devices do not dim or lock the screen when an application requires continuous operation.

Moreover, Firefox 124 introduces support for using HTTP(S) and relative URLs when creating WebSockets. It also adds support for the AbortSignal: any() static method, which allows for the creation of an AbortSignal from an iterable of abort signals. (more details are available here).

For Android users, Firefox 124 includes the Pull to Refresh feature, which is now more robust than ever. This feature is enabled by default. Additionally, this release adds support for the HTML drag and drop API when using a mouse, allowing users to accept plain text or HTML text via the drop operation from external applications.

For macOS users, Firefox 124 improves the fullscreen API to enhance the user experience in full-screen spaces, the Menubar, and the Dock, providing a more seamless integration with the macOS environment. To disable this feature, you can set the full-screen-api.macos-native-full-screen preference to false in about:config.

During the public beta testing phase, Firefox 124 introduced the Cookie Banner Blocker feature, which automatically refuses cookie banners, and the Quick Actions feature, allowing users to perform various actions quickly from the address bar. However, these features were only available up to the sixth beta version and are not included in the final release.

Mozilla is set to officially announce the Firefox 124 release on March 19th, 2024. In the meantime, you can download the official DEB package for Ubuntu/Debian distros, the tarball binary for Linux, as well as binaries for macOS and Windows systems from Mozilla’s download server.

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