Last month, Mozilla revealed that it was working on a version of its popular Firefox browser for Windows 10, promising that it would arrive 'soon'. While it didn't manage to get it ready in time for the operating system's launch on July 29, Mozilla has announced that its new browser release is now available.
If you're a regular reader of Neowin Software, where we track new software releases of all sizes, you'll already know that Firefox 40 has rolled out. The new Windows 10 version is based on this release, featuring a new look, which Mozilla says is full of "thoughtful tweaks to the interface", along with "bigger, bolder design elements as well as more space for viewing the Web."
The new version allows Windows 10 users to see results from their preferred search engine when performing a web search from the main OS taskbar. As Mozilla explains:
When using this search field, Windows 10 launches your default browser but only shows search results in Microsoft Bing. When you have Firefox set as your default browser on Windows 10, all your Web searches from the taskbar search field will show results in the default search engine you choose in Firefox.
Mozilla recently claimed that Microsoft was discarding users' default browser choices during Windows 10 upgrades in favor of its own Edge offering, and said the company had deliberately made it difficult to restore those settings. So it's not surprising to see that Mozilla's blog post on the Firefox release includes a link to 'support materials' to help users to set it as their default browser in the new OS.
Mozilla also said that it's introducing a new add-on certification process for Firefox, to help make browsing a bit safer. In future releases of the browser, any third-party add-on that isn't certified will be disabled by default.