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Firefox 62 now available for download, Mozilla no longer supports Windows XP

Mozilla Firefox 62 now available for download
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With the release of Firefox 62, Mozilla also stops providing support to Firefox 52 ESR, which is the latest version for those still using this ancient operating system. Firefox 62 comes with support for CSS variable fonts and shapes, dark mode automatically enabled for macOS users, improved scrolling performance in Android, and more.

Yesterday, Mozilla unleashed Firefox 62 for desktop and Android users. However, the most important change does not concern the new features delivered by this new version of Mozilla's popular browser, but the fact that Windows XP users will no longer get support for the extended support release that still was supported on Microsoft's old operating system, namely Firefox 52 ESR.

Going back to Firefox 62, these are a few of the changes that need to be highlighted: for macOS 10.14 users enjoying the dark mode of their operating system, Firefox automatically enables its own dark theme as well; Android users get improved scrolling performance; the desktop Firefox 62 builds come with up to 4 rows of top sites, Pocket stories, and highlights in Firefox Home, CSS Shapes and CSS Variable Fonts support, FreeBSD support for WebAuthn, Canadian English support, and more.

In the coming months, Mozilla will add new features "that help people feel safe while on the web, and worry less about who’s collecting their personal data," but there is nothing obvious that belongs to this area in Firefox 62. For more details about this, feel free to check out this blog post.

Lastly, we should also add that Firefox 52 ESR is now dead and the new version with extended support is 60.2. This means that Firefox is no longer supported on Windows XP. According to Mozilla's Chris Hutten-Czapski, Firefox users still stuck with Windows XP accounted for 8 percent of the total in February 2017, down from 12 percent a year prior. Now, he estimates that about 2 percent of all Firefox users are still using the browser on the 17-year-old operating system.

Do you happen to know someone still using Windows XP on a computer that connects to the internet? Let us know in the comments.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-09- 6 (Update: 2018-09- 6)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.