New Firefox suggests ways to get more out of the web
Mozilla also builds better tab management abilities into Firefox 64.
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The feature could help you customize Firefox more to your liking -- something that could help you stick with the browser in the face of Google Chrome's dominance. And that, in turn, could help Mozilla pursue its push toward a privacy-respecting web that's not just effectively controlled by Chrome.
The feature could also provide some incentive for extension developers to bring their tools to Firefox. Extensions once were a big Firefox advantage, but Mozilla overhauled its technology, so many stopped working, and Chrome now has many more.
Extensions are a good way to customize a browser. They're also likely to keep you from switching to another browser, since getting the new one to work the way you like could be a hassle or maybe not even possible. Mozilla, facing declining users and usage, no doubt would like to keep you on Firefox if you're already there and attract you if you're not.
The suggestions are prompted by Firefox itself. Mozilla doesn't know what you're up to.
Firefox 64 also gets better tab-handling abilities. You can use Cmd/Ctrl-clicking to select multiple tabs. After that, you can drag them as a group to a different position, tear them off into a new window or close them en masse. That's handy if you're the type of person who often has a lot of tabs open.