Firefox Beta is the build for those who like a little bit of jeopardy, but who don’t want to risk everything by trying out Firefox Developer, the early alpha build of Firefox. Firefox Beta gives you a sneak peek at the next version of Firefox six weeks ahead of its final release, offering a relatively stable build that’s not quite ready for primetime, but still pretty solid.
Whereas Firefox Developer installs as a completely separate application alongside your existing Firefox installation, Firebox Beta will replace the stable build. Should you subsequently wish to go back to the safer version, you’ll need to manually download the stable version and install it over the top of the beta build.
Confirm which build you have by selecting About Firefox from the Firefox menu or button (it’s inside the Help menu if using the Firefox button).
Firefox 68 is now in the Beta channel. New features include:
- Added about:compat, where website-specific workarounds are listed and may be toggled
- When an HTTPS error caused by antivirus software is detected, Firefox will attempt to automatically fix it
- New reporting feature in about:addons allows you to easily report security and performance issues with extensions and themes
- Find high quality, secure extensions via the Recommended Extensions program. Look for these vetted extensions in about:addons
- WebRender is being enabled on Windows 10 desktops with AMD graphics
- Access your Firefox Account settings from the hamburger menu
- Added a Firefox shortcut in the Windows 10 taskbar for new installations
- Preloading of intermediate TLS certificates is enabled in early beta builds, which avoids error pages in cases of server misconfiguration
- Properly support BT601, BT709 and BT2020/2100 colorspaces on all platforms