Mozilla has officially released Firefox 81 for all supported desktop platforms, namely Windows, Linux, and macOS.
Needless to say, Firefox 81 comes with several worthy improvements, and the first of them may be the introduction of a new visual theme called Alpenglow.
As we’ve noted for some time, Firefox already supported dark and lightweight modes, and the browsed could also follow the system visual style. In other words, if Windows 10 was configured to make use of the black mode, Firefox switched to the dark theme too, and also the same thing for the light visual style.
But starting with this new update, Firefox also introduces a stylish Alpenglow theme, which one is on all desktop platforms, not only on Windows. It must be manually enabled in the settings screen.
“In addition to our default, dark and lightweight themes, with this particular release, Firefox introduces the Alpenglow theme: a colorful appearance for buttons, menus, and windows. You are able to update your Firefox themes under settings or preferences,” Mozilla said.
Firefox 81 can also be the very first form of the browser that comes with support for controlling audio playback using the keyboard or the headset, whether or not the computer is locked. Similar functionality has been available in other browsers for a long time, and today Mozilla has finally updated its browser with such features too.
“You can pause and play audio or video in Firefox from your keyboard or headset, providing you with easy access to control your media much more another Firefox tab, another program, or perhaps whenever your computer is locked,” it says.
The PDF viewer that’s integrated into Firefox has a new look, and Mozilla is also get yourself ready for more significant updates for a way the application handles this type of documents. Specifically, Firefox, which already includes support for AcroForm, will get new capabilities for PDF files, including filling out, printing, and saving PDF forms right from the browser.
Browser makers are investing increasingly more in the PDF capabilities of their apps, and Microsoft and Mozilla are two of the most popular names doing this right now. Eventually, dedicated PDF apps would no longer make much sense, as well as for users, what this means is a streamlined experience with PDF documents.
There’s also improvements for Pocket users, with specific regions now getting recommendations for stories on the web. Mozilla explains:
“Our users in Austria, Belgium and Switzerland while using German form of Firefox will see Pocket recommendations within their new tab featuring some of the best stories on the web. If you don’t see them, you can turn on Pocket articles in your new tab by using these steps. Along with Firefox’s new tab, Pocket is also available as an app on iOS and Android.”
In addition, users in the United States and Canada are supplied with credit card management, to allow them to save, manage, and auto-fill information when shopping online. As we’ve known already, this selection happens to be obtainable in other browsers out there, so it’s definitely the best thing Firefox now supports it too, especially because more and more people stay home nowadays due to obvious reasons and online shopping has become a more common practice.
Needless to say, the new Firefox version also comes with plenty of security fixes and other improvements, including new iconography for that Picture-in-Picture mode. The supported file types likewise incorporate new items, like XML, SVG, and WEBP, so you can open these right in the browser without the need for downloading a passionate app just for this purpose.