First Official, Stable 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows Arrives on November 3
The Mozilla developers have announced the first official 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows, which is classified as a stable and suitable for widespread use.
To date, Mozilla has released various 64-bit versions of Firefox for Macintosh and Linux, but has been without much luck in bringing the Windows browser. The company has been trying to get a 64-bit version of Windows for the last five years, however, stability and compatibility issues have always dragged the release.
Then it almost dumped the development process in 2012 before realizing that it was an incredibly stupid idea and made it priority again in 2014.
Since then, developers have been making attempts to get a stable version out – but the release is yet to come. Now, however, it seems that the time has come when Mozilla may finally release a stable 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows.
Firefox release manager Sylvestre Ledru wrote on the Bugzilla page that Firefox 42, which will appear in early November, will be the first official, stable 64-bit version of the browser for Windows in all probability.
The next version of Firefox will be released on November 3. Mozilla will only publish the 64-bit version of browser to the official FTP directory but not to the download pages on the Mozilla website. Ledru explained:
We won’t update the download page with Windows 64 builds for 42. We are waiting for some partner changes before making that public. However, the binaries will be available on the ftp for testing.
The reason for this is that Mozilla is waiting for “some partner changes” for the 64-bit version of Firefox. It is unclear who these partners are and what these changes entail though.
Initially, the 64-bit version of Firefox would ship without NPAPI plugin support, which should be made available by the end of 2016.