Firefox 124.0 Released! Caret Browsing in PDF Viewer & Qwant to All Languages in France

Mozilla announced a new monthly release of its Firefox web browser on March 19.

In the new release, the caret browsing mode, keyboard navigating just like in text editor, also works in the built-in PDF viewer.

The Qwant search engine has been expanded to all languages in the France region along with Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland.

In MacOS, Firefox now uses the macOS fullscreen API for better user experience for fullscreen spaces, menubar and the Dock. In Windows, it populates the taskbar jump list more efficiently, for a smoother overall browsing experience.

Firefox Caret Browsing setting option

Other changes in Firefox 124.0 include:

  • open tabs in Firefox View can be sorted by either recent activity or tab order.
  • Added support for AbortSignal.any.
  • Ability to use HTTP(S) and relative URLs when creating WebSockets.
  • Various security fixes.

How to Get Firefox 124.0:

Besides downloading the official tarball by visiting the link above, Ubuntu user can update the pre-installed Firefox package either use “Software Updater” (for 20.04), or by running command (for 22.04 and higher):

sudo snap refresh firefox

For Ubuntu 22.04 and higher users don’t like the pre-installed Snap package, here’s step by step guide to install the native .deb package from either Ubuntu PPA or Mozilla repository.