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18 Mar 2018
Firefox is a fast, full-featured Web browser. It offers great security, privacy, and protection against viruses, spyware, malware, and it can also easily block pop-up windows. The key features that have made Firefox so popular are the simple and effective UI, browser speed and strong security capabilities.
Quantum is Mozilla's project to build the next-generation web engine for Firefox users, building on the Gecko engine as a solid foundation. Quantum will leverage the fearless concurrency of Rust and high-performance components of Servo to bring more parallelization and GPU offloading to Firefox.
Firefox (Quantum) users will be impressed by the modern new design that puts their needs first. With the new (fast and fluid Photon) design, Firefox leaps ahead with a new interface that reflects today’s reality of High DPI displays and users who are more task focused than they’ve ever been. Photon doesn’t just look good, it’s also smarter. If you’re using Photon on a Windows PC with a touch display, the menus change size based on whether you click with a mouse or touch with a finger.
The new, minimalist design introduces square tabs, smooth animations, and a Library, which provides quick access to your saved stuff: bookmarks, Pocket, history, downloads, tabs, and screenshots. Firefox Quantum feels right at home with today’s mouse and touch-driven operating systems: Windows 10, macOS High Sierra, Android Oreo, and iOS 11.
Firefox has historically run mostly on just one CPU core, but Quantum takes advantage of multiple CPU cores in today’s desktop and mobile devices much more effectively. This improved utilization of your computer’s hardware makes Firefox Quantum dramatically faster.
Firefox Quantum enhances Firefox’s integration with Pocket, the read-it-later app that Mozilla acquired last year. When you open a new tab, you’ll see currently trending web pages recommended by Pocket users so you won’t miss out on what’s hot online, as well as your top sites.
A focus on privacy brings an option to turn on tracking protection, which blocks known tracking scripts, at all times, not just in private browsing mode. Protection against HTML5 canvas fingerprinting - another way that users can be tracked around the internet - will be released in v58, This is a feature borrowed from Tor Browser.
Firefox includes pop-up blocking, tab-browsing, integrated Google search, simplified privacy controls, a streamlined browser window that shows you more of the page than any other browser and a number of additional features that work with you to help you get the most out of your time online.
Firefox 59.0.1 release notes:
Various security fixes
Reference link to 59.0 release notes
Unresolved -- No sound in Firefox 58 and 59 on Linux in some configurations. See support page for details and workarounds.
Download: Firefox 59.0.1 for Windows | Firefox 64-bit| ~30.0 MB (Freeware)
Download: Firefox 59.0.1 for Linux| 64-bit| ~55.0 MB
Download: Firefox 59.0.1 for MacOS| 52.8 MB
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15 Mar 2018
Even though Windows 10 SDK Preview was only released six days ago, Microsoft today announced SDK Preview build 17115. There's not much that's new, considering that its predecessor was released after Windows Developer Day, and was considered to be feature-complete.
There is one known issue though, which is that you won't be able to install this on a Windows 10 build that's not a Redstone 4 Insider Preview. This is a strange known issue, because it comes and goes. In SDK Preview build 17110, it worked on the current version of the OS, and a few builds before that, it didn't. It's entirely likely that the next SDK Preview will work on all versions of Windows 10 as well.
As usual, you can use this SDK in parallel with other Windows 10 SDKs. That means that it can be used in a production environment, although your apps should still target an earlier version of Windows. Apps that target version 1803 are not yet being accepted into the Microsoft Store. The SDK is only officially supported by Visual Studio 2017.
To download the latest Windows 10 SDK Insider Preview, you can find it here.
15 Mar 2018
Microsoft first announced Outlook.com beta in August 2017, promising faster performance, new 'smart inbox' features, and enhanced emoji and GIF support. Five months later, Microsoft added the Calendar section of the service to the beta program, with the release of a new look. Today, the company announced in a blog post that both Calendar and People will receive new beta experiences while the new Mail experience will start rolling out to all Outlook.com users in the coming weeks.
Without the need to toggle the beta option, all users will soon experience the new Mail interface with speedier performance and improved Skype integration, as can be seen from the cover image above. Also, the update will bring a simplified add-in experience with new ways to access add-ins, such as Boomerang, Evernote, and PayPal, as well as easier ways to categorize and filter emails.
The Calendar beta experience will still need to be activated through the beta toggle, which will now be available to everyone. This new release of Calendar brings a more responsive interface similar to that offered by Mail, the ability to add an event in just a few clicks, and icons to help identify events faster.
The new People beta experience will bring quicker access to favorite people and easier ways to view, edit, and create contacts. The update includes a refreshed profile card that will be introduced across Microsoft products, including Mail, and the ability to assign a photo to your contact using the new photo control.
Finally, an enriched People and Mail integration is under development to allow users to easily send emails through People or to find recent conversations and attachments from a specific contact through Mail. All People-related new features will also need to be activated through the beta toggle.