- Aug 17, 2014
" Mozilla plans to release Firefox 101 to the Stable channel on May 31, 2022. The new version of the open source web browser is a smaller release that includes some improvements and security fixes. "
- Firefox 101 Stable is a security update that addresses security issues in the browser.
Security updates are revealed after the official release of the web browser. You find the information published here after release.
- Firefox 102 is the next ESR release. It will be released next month.
Firefox 101.0 new features and improvements
Return of the classic download prompt
The big new improvement in Firefox 101 is one that is not highlighted in the official release notes. Mozilla changed the download behavior of the browser in Firefox version 97, which it released in January 2022.
Firefox used to display a prompt to the user, giving them options to open or save the file. The new download prompt copied the behavior of Chromium-based browsers; this meant that Firefox started the download immediately.
While there was an option to modify the behavior by enabling "always ask you where to save files" in the preferences, it did not replicate the full functionality of the classic download prompt.
Now, with Firefox 101, comes an option to restore the old prompt:
- Load about: preferences in the Firefox address bar.
- Scroll down to the Applications group on the page.
- Switch the default option "save files" to "ask whether to open or save files" on the page.
- Mozilla notes that Firefox users may assign custom actions to any "non-configured MIME type" after download completion.
- Firefox supports using multiple microphones during video conferencing. The browser supports switching between microphones, provided that the conferencing service provider supports the functionality.
- Firefox for Android supports using a magnifier for forms on Android 9 and later, which improves the usability of forms in the browser.
Firefox 101 is a security update for the Firefox web browser, which also restores the classic downloading behavior of the browser as an option.