Firefox 20 brings per-window porn mode, new download manager

| April 2, 2013
News By Apr. 2, 2013 4:17 pm

Downloading Firefox 20 with Firefox 20

Firefox 20 has been released, and this particular browser release actually includes some new features that users will notice. Among them are enhancements to Firefox’s private browsing mode and its trusty download manager.

Firefox 20 finally allows users to spawn a private browsing window without having to close down their existing session first. It’s a more elegant approach, and it also means you can run private windows and non-private windows side by side. That can be incredibly handy for those times when you need to log in to multiple accounts on the same web site.

When you open a new private window (to do whatever untracked things you do in private windows), the Firefox menu button changes color from orange to purple. That makes it a little harder to confuse your browsing sessions and accidentally type an X-rated URL into the wrong Awesome Bar.

What else is new in Firefox 20? There’s the new download manager, which takes up residence next to the search box. When you initiate a new download, you’ll see a pop-up like the one above. After a few seconds without focus, it’ll disappear and the icon will show a realtime progress display.

Mozilla has also delivered a new bit of plug-in functionality. Actually, this new function is designed to help out when browser plug-ins malfunction. Firefox 20 can shut down misbehaving plug-ins without affecting the rest of the browser.

Additional focus has been put into improving the general responsiveness of Firefox 20, and it’s evident from the get-go. It’s subtle, but many general use tasks seem to be a little bit smoother than they were in version 19.

Plenty of changes have made their way to the Android version of Firefox, too. Version 20 supports a wider variety of devices — thanks to reduced hardware requirements. It also features an enhanced private browsing mode, though on Android it’s per-tab. Per window doesn’t translate so well on an operating system where most users are singletasking.

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