Firefox Nightly, Developer Edition, and Beta add to the options for which version of Firefox you can test and run. These “release browsers” can be very helpful for knowing what’s coming in the future, and participating in creating new web technology.
There are several reasons why someone might consider switching to Mozilla Firefox as their default internet browser. Here are some of the most compelling reasons:
- Privacy: Firefox is focused on privacy and is maintained by the Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit organization that is not motivated by personal data. Firefox blocks third-party cookies and trackers from gathering data about your browsing habits, and also blocks fingerprinting, a more insidious method of monitoring people across the web.
- Enhanced Tracking Protection: Firefox offers enhanced tracking protection, which blocks over 2000 ad trackers from following you around the internet.
- Open Source: Firefox is fully open source, meaning it has no ulterior motive aside from keeping the web open, educating people about the Internet, and promoting open source solutions to everyday tasks.
- Add-ons: Firefox has a vast library of add-ons that can expand the features of the browser, including privacy add-ons, translation tools, writing tools, image search extensions, and more1.
- Performance: Firefox uses less memory than Chrome, so your other programs can keep running at top speed. Firefox is also designed to optimize performance by keeping the dataset in memory, enabling low-latency and high-throughput data access.
- Sync Across Devices: Firefox allows you to sync your browsing history, bookmarks, and open tabs across devices.
- Customization: Firefox allows you to change its theme with a few clicks, either tweaking the colors slightly or going all-out with an animated background. You can also customize your browser with thousands of different themes.
- Reader Mode: Firefox has a reader mode that removes ads and other distractions from articles, making them easier to read.
Safari, Chrome, Edge and other browser also have pre-lease versions. Jen Simmons explains which is which, what are the differences, and where to find them.