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Mozilla Firefox 64-bit version officially released sans of 32-bit plugins support

Mozilla Firefox 64-bit version officially released sans of 32-bit plugins support

by AshwinDecember 16, 2015

About three weeks ago, we reported that the first stable version of Mozilla Firefox 64-bit was available from the official website.

Mozilla Firefox 64-bit

But that version was not displayed at the downloads page, and was hidden away in the FTP page, from where you could still download it.

Mozilla did not announce the availability of the build, for reasons unknown, although we do speculate that it was possibly in a test phase, or to see how many users actually wanted to use the 64-bit version.

Today, with the release of Firefox 43, Mozilla has announced that it is officially making the 64-bit version of the browser, publicly available at the downloads page. But you won’t see it on the main website, instead you will have to click on the Firefox All Systems page.

This is probably due to the fact that not all 32 bit plugins (like Java) are supported in the app. We reported this in pur previous write up linked above.

Here is the official word from Mozilla:

Firefox 64-bit for Windows, by design, has limited support for plugins and users will notice that certain sites requiring plugins that worked in previous 32-bit versions of Firefox might not work in this 64-bit version.

Mozilla is planning to end support for all NPAPI Plugins at the end of 2016, with the exception of Adobe Flash. And the most common yet infamous plugin does indeed work in Firefox 64-bit.

The support for 64-bit architecture should improve the performance (RAM consumption), and the overall speed of the browser, along with the security that 64-bit systems provide. You will need to be running Windows 7 64-bit or above, to use Mozilla Firefox 64-bit on your computer.

With the release Firefox 43.0 is now available in 64 bit versios for Windows and Linux, with Mac OS X being the only one left behind. Speaking of version 43, we reported about the release of the updated browser yesterday, which comes with a new security feature called Block List.

This option is available in the browser’s Tracking Protection settings (Private Browsing). When it is enabled, Firefox will block most content trackers in photo, video and embedded web contents. This however comes at a price, says Mozilla.

According to user reports which it received, enabling the strict block list causes some web pages to break, i.e., their appearance or functionality could be affected, or in certain cases, totally unusable. So make your choice wisely.

Download Firefox 43 from the official website linked above.