With the release of Firefox 108 out the door and already hitting the desktops of millions of computer users worldwide, Mozilla has promoted the next major version of its open-source and cross-platform web browser, Firefox 109, to the beta channel for public testing.
Starting with Firefox 109, which will be the browser’s first release in 2023, Mozilla plans to implement a new Unified Extensions Button in the toolbar that acts as a container for all your installed and enabled add-ons.
So, instead of seeing lots of icons on the toolbar when installing Firefox add-ons, you’ll now only see the new Unified Extensions Button. Click it and you’ll see all your enabled add-ons in a list.
All the add-ons listed in the new Unified Extensions Button will have a settings icon next to them to let you more easily access options of the add-ons, pin add-ons that you need on the toolbar, remove or report them, as well as to manage them in the built-in Add-Ons Manager.
This new feature in Firefox 109 is possible thanks to the enablement of Manifest Version 3 (MV3) by default. This gives users access and persistent control over which add-ons can access any web page, at any time.
Besides the new Unified Extensions Button, which is a major change, Firefox 109 also implements a built-in dictionary for Spanish from Spain (es-ES) and Spanish from Argentina (es-AR) builds. The built-in dictionary can be used with Firefox’s spellchecker feature.
The final release of Firefox 109 is expected on January 17th, 2023. Until then, users can take the latest beta version for a test drive if they want an early taste of the new features and improvements. However, please keep in mind that beta versions are pre-release software not intended for production use!
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