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Firefox 64 released with a Windows-like task manager

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Mozilla released earlier today Firefox version 64, the latest version of its much-beloved browser. This release comes packed with a lot of features, such as a system for recommending appropriate extensions to users based on their web activity and support for multi-tab selections.

However, a big update is Mozilla’s revamping of the about:performance page, which has now been reshaped and remodeled to look more like the Windows Task Manager.

“The new Task Manager page found at about:performance lets you see how much energy each open tab consumes and provides access to close tabs to conserve power,” Mozilla said today.

With the addition of this Task Manager utility, Firefox joins the ranks of all Chromium-based browsers that already feature one –such as Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, and Brave.

Unfortunately, the new Firefox Task Manager isn’t all that helpful, compared to the Task Manager featured in Chromium browsers, which break down RAM and CPU usage per tab, allowing the user to identify tabs performing poorly, or websites that feature cryptojacking scripts. Fortunately, early versions of Mozilla’s about:performance design mockups show those features, meaning users will most likely get them in the upcoming future.

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But this wasn’t the only big thing included in today’s release. Firefox 64 also shipped with support for multi-tab selections. Users can now hold down CTRL or CTRL+SHIFT and then click multiple tabs to select them. A video demonstrating of the feature is available below.

Another change, as explained in a Mozilla blog post, is a feature called Contextual Feature Recommender (CFR).

According to Mozilla, this feature works by showing “extension suggestions” in the form of a popup that drops down from the address bar.

“For example, if you open multiple tabs and repeatedly use these tabs, we may offer a feature called “Pinned Tabs” and explain how it works,” said Nick Nguyen, Vice President at Mozilla.

Nguyen says CFR is currently being rolled out to US users only, and initially it would recommend only three extensions: Facebook Container, Enhancer for YouTube, and To Google Translate.

Other smaller changes included in Firefox 64 include:

For more details on today’s changes, ZDNet readers can access the Firefox 64 changelog here, the list of security fixes here, and a list of Web API and developer-related changes here.

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Key Criteria for Evaluating Unified Endpoint Management

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Endpoint management is one of the most significant challenges in the enterprise today. An increasingly large percentage of our workforce is distributed and demands flexibility to work wherever they want, whenever they want. We must respond by giving them access to the services they require to do their jobs effectively. The alternative is that we, as a business, will suffer, lose good people, and become less competitive. However, we must achieve this essential access while maintaining security and control of our business’s data assets.

An appropriate endpoint management strategy is key to addressing these issues. Our approach should be holistic and unified, bringing together control of devices, management of applications, security of data, and access controls.

Unified endpoint management (UEM) is the approach to meeting this challenge. It has evolved from traditionally disparate solutions for endpoint management, application delivery, and security into a single platform. This single platform delivers a consistent end-user experience across all devices, applications, and locations while maintaining security and control of data assets. The leading solutions allow us to enroll devices easily into our control, provide support, and ensure constituency and compliance while managing access to our applications and data.

This GigaOM Key Criteria Report describes UEM solutions and identifies key criteria and evaluation metrics for selecting such a solution. The corresponding GigaOm Radar Report identifies vendors and products that excel in this sector. Together, these reports give decision-makers an overview of the market to help them evaluate existing platforms and decide where to invest.

How to Read this Report

This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding consider reviewing the following reports:

Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.

GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.

Solution Profile: An in-depth vendor analysis that builds on the framework developed in the Key Criteria and Radar reports to assess a company’s engagement within a technology sector. This analysis includes forward-looking guidance around both strategy and product.

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Data Storage for Ever Changing Business Needs

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Join GigaOm analyst Enrico Signoretti and CTERA CTO Aron Brand in this one-hour live webinar as they explore file storage trends and dynamics through the lens of IT infrastructure modernization projects.

The file and cloud experts will discuss the limitations of traditional NAS architectures in today’s corporate environments and how organizations are implementing distributed cloud file storage to solve remote collaboration, ransomware protection, and unstructured data growth challenges.

Signoretti and Brand will also examine the recently published GigaOm Radar for Distributed Cloud File Storage, in which CTERA was named the leader. They will review the report’s key criteria and evaluation metrics for choosing a distributed cloud file storage platform, helping IT leaders to understand which vendors are most aligned to their needs today as well as 12-18 months down the road.

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High Performance Application Security Testing – Cloud WAF Security Platforms

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This free 1-hour webinar from GigaOm Research features analyst Jake Dolezal and will focus on comparing Web Application Firewall (WAF) security platforms in an enterprise with high performance needs.

This webinar will discuss web application security mechanisms deployed in the cloud. The cloud enables enterprises to differentiate and innovate with microservices at a rapid pace. However, the cloud is just as vulnerable, if not more so, to attacks and breaches as on-premises APIs and apps are. Our focus is specifically on approaches to securing apps, APIs, and microservices that are tuned for high performance and availability. We define “high performance” as companies that experience workloads of more than 1,000 transactions per second (tps) and require a maximum latency below 30 milliseconds across the landscape.

In this webinar, we will reveal the performance tests of security mechanisms on NGINX, AWS, and Azure, specifically: ModSecurity, NGINX App Protect WAF, AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF), and Azure WAF.

Register now to join GigaOm and NGINX for this free expert webinar.

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