MOZILLA HAS taken wrappers off the latest version of its flagship Firefox browser, which contains some significant new features.
The headline addition is what it describes as "game-changing" support for WebAssembly, offering "near-native" performance for apps and games.
The company said: "We expect that WebAssembly will enable applications that have historically been too complex to run fast in browsers - like immersive 3D video games, computer-aided design, video and image editing, and scientific visualisation.
"We also expect that developers will use WebAssembly to speed up many existing web apps."
Also new in this build is captive portal detection, which means that if you're using a hotspot that requires you to log in, or at least view the company homepage to get online, then you won't get that horrible business of trying to get the right page to come up.
Instead, you'll get a nice friendly message telling you to open the network login page, which it will automatically find for you.
Another neat security feature is an alert in-context if you enter a password on a page that isn't encrypted with HTTPS warning: "Logins entered here could be compromised".
For developers, there's a new CS Grid with accompanying developer tools, including a new Grid Inspector.
Finally, and in common with other major browsers, Firefox no longer enables Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI) content, which has been proven to be a huge security issue and is already history in market leader Chrome.
Flash remains active in this edition (subject to 'where necessary' rules) but Moz://a has confirmed it will become a case-by-case consent option in an upcoming edition.
Firefox remains Mo2!«@'s flagship product, despite falling market share in recent years. In this month's Netmarketshare figures for browsers, it was down slightly on last month with an 11.68 percent market share compared to 58.53 percent for Google Chrome.
This is on a par with last year's figures, for Firefox, but in the meantime, Chrome has doubled its market share at the expense of Microsoft Internet Explorer. µ
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