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Mozilla on Tuesday upgraded Firefox to version 89, debuting a new look that the company said is “designed to win you back” to the open-source browser.

The organization’s engineers also patched nine vulnerabilities, two of those labeled “High,” Firefox’s second-most-serious label. Three of the nine were found only in the Android edition of the browser, while another was only in the Windows edition’s code. None were marked “Critical,” the most dire flaw category.

Firefox 89 can be downloaded for Windows, macOS, and Linux from Mozilla’s site. Because Firefox updates in the background, most users can relaunch the browser to install the latest version. To manually update on Windows, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right, then click the help icon (the question mark within a circle). Choose “About Firefox.” (On macOS, “About Firefox” can be found under the “Firefox” menu.) The resulting page or pop-up shows that the browser is already up to date or displays the upgrade process.

(Note: Firefox’s new background update process, which Mozilla outlined in mid-April and was slated to appear in version 89, has not been enabled in the Stable build issued June 1. At this point, it looks like the change is now slated for Firefox 90.)

Hello, Proton

The big news of Firefox 89 is the new look, a seriously-tweaked user interface (UI) that had gone by the code name of “Proton.” Mozilla touted it as a significant overhaul of the browser’s “face” that users see when they fire up the application.

“We’ve redesigned and modernized the core experience to be cleaner, more inviting, and easier to use,” Mozilla said in 89’s release notes. In a much more detailed explainer on Proton’s changes, M.J. Kelly, a member of Mozilla’s marketing team, said that the refit is the result of studying “how people interact with the browser,” listening to feedback and collecting “ideas from regular people who just want to have an easier experience on the web.”



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