Version 83.0, first offered to Release channel users on November 17, 2020
We'd like to extend a special thank you to all of the new Mozillians who contributed to this release of Firefox.
Pinch zooming will now be supported for our users with Windows touchscreen devices and touchpads on Mac devices. Firefox users may now use pinch to zoom on touch-capable devices to zoom in and out of webpages.
Picture-in-Picture now supports keyboard shortcuts for fast forwarding and rewinding videos: use the arrow keys to move forward and back 15 seconds, along with volume controls. For a list of supported commands see Support Mozilla
When you are presenting your screen on a video conference in Firefox, you will see our improved user interface that makes it clearer which devices or displays are being shared.
We’ve improved functionality and design for a number of Firefox search features:
Selecting a search engine at the bottom of the search panel now enters search mode for that engine, allowing you to see suggestions (if available) for your search terms. The old behavior (immediately performing a search) is available with a shift-click.
When Firefox autocompletes the URL of one of your search engines, you can now search with that engine directly in the address bar by selecting the shortcut in the address bar results.
We’ve added buttons at the bottom of the search panel to allow you to search your bookmarks, open tabs, and history.
Our users in India on the English build of Firefox will now see Pocket recommendations in 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 following these steps.
For the recently released Apple devices built with Apple Silicon CPUs, you can use Firefox 83 and future releases without any change. This release (83) will support emulation under Apple’s Rosetta 2 that ships with macOS Big Sur. We are working toward Firefox being natively-compiled for these CPUs in a future release.
This is a major release for WebRender as we roll out to more Firefox users on Windows 7 and 8 as well as on macOS 10.12 to 10.15.
This release also includes a number of accessibility fixes:
Screen reader features which report paragraphs now correctly report paragraphs instead of lines in Google Docs
When reading by word using a screen reader, words are now correctly reported when there is punctuation nearby
The arrow keys now work correctly after tabbing in the picture-in-picture window
For users on macOS restoring a session with minimized windows, Firefox now uses much less power and you should see much longer battery life.