Firefox 69 release brings Enhanced Tracking Protection and Various Performance Improvements to Windows 10 and macOS

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Firefox 69 scheduled to release today on September 3, 2019, brings performance and UI improvements to Firefox on Windows 10. Enhanced Tracking Protection is now available to users all around the world with this release and is turned on default. The block autoplay has been improved, which now provides an option to block both audio and Video in Autoplay Settings.

MacOS now shows progress for the downloading files

Firefox with default standard content blocking mode, now blocks third-party tracking cookies, cryptominers, and known trackers only in Private browsing mode. Firefox can block “cryptominers” in Strict mode.

Visit Settings > Privacy & Security to see the protections enabled for you.

Firefox 69 enhanced tracking protection standard mode

As we’ve reported before, this version of Firefox allows blocking autoplay of both audio and video. To check or to apply this option, head to Settings > Privacy & Security > Permissions > Autoplay, click Settings, choose “Block Audio and Video” and click “Save changes”.

For users in the US, Mozilla is shipping a New Tab experience by serving the best content from Pocket.

On Windows 10, if you now upgrade to this version, Firefox icon will be auto-pinned to the taskbar.

Firefox with new Process Priority Manager will give instructions to Windows to give higher priority to active tab processes than background tab processes.

“Firefox will now give Windows hints to appropriately set content process priority levels, meaning more processor time spent on tasks you’re actively working on, and less Processor time spent on the things in the background (with the exception of video and audio playback). ”

Firefox brings improvements to battery life and downloads UI on Mac.

“macOS users on dual-graphic-card machines (like Macbook Pro) will switch back to low power GPU more aggressively, saving battery life.”

Finder on macOS now shows progress for the downloading files.

As per the Flash Roadmap, Mozilla has removed the “Always Activate” option for Flash Plugin content, Firefox now asks for permission if you try to activate Flash content on a website.

READ: After Chrome 76, Mozilla Firefox 69 disables Flash by Default

If you’ve customized Firefox look by using userchrome.css and usercontent.css, these files will no longer be loaded by Firefox 69, you need to visit about:config, and create the below preference and set its value to true for them to work.

toolkit.legacyUserProfileCustomizations.stylesheets

You can check this version release notes here [beta release notes also available for reference].