Mozilla has announced that Firefox (opens in new tab) is the first major browser (opens in new tab) to become available for download directly in the Windows Store on both Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Previously, Windows users that wanted to use Firefox instead of Microsoft Edge (opens in new tab) had to download the browser from the internet and go through a clunky process from Microsoft according to a new blog post (opens in new tab) from Mozilla. Now though, as Microsoft has changed its Windows Store policies, choosing Firefox as your default browser is a more seamless experience.
Downloading Mozilla's browser from the Windows Store is not only easier but it also gives you access to all of the latest Firefox features including Total Cookie Protection (opens in new tab), Enhanced Tracking Protection, DNS over HTTPS (opens in new tab), fast site loading using WebRender and Quantum CSS, Firefox Suggest (opens in new tab), Multi Picture-in-Picture and personalization with seasonal Colorways.
At the core of Firefox and all other browsers is a browser engine that is responsible for loading web pages from sites and displaying them on your screen. While Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome (opens in new tab) use Chromium as their browser engine, Firefox uses Mozilla's proprietary Gecko engine (opens in new tab).
Until recently, Microsoft's store policies required that all browsers use the engine that Microsoft had built into its platform which prevented Mozilla from shipping Firefox to users through the Windows Store. In addition to giving users less choice, these policies also hurt the web as Windows users would only have access to the features Microsoft was willing to provide.
Thankfully though, now that Microsoft has changed its policies, Mozilla and other browser makers will be able to ship their products through the Windows Store (opens in new tab) regardless of which browser engine their software uses.
Firefox can now be downloaded through the Windows Store by clicking on this link (opens in new tab) though Mozilla's browser is also available for macOS and Linux (opens in new tab).
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