Firefox 27 now Available with extended SocialAPI

Mozilla has released the latest version of its open-source, cross-platform web browser with the launch of Firefox 27 for Windows, Mac and Linux.

One major new feature of in this latest release – the SocialAPI, which allows providers to provide social networking updates directly from within the browser, can now handle multiple providers simultaneously.

So, moving forward, lets look at the other new features:firefox-27

Firefox 27 What’s New

Support for TLS 1.2 implemented

Firefox 27 supports TLS (that is Transport Layer Security) 1.2 now. TLS is like successor of SSL, and version 1.2 is the most recent cryptographic protocol that Firefox supports.

Up until now, that meant to see if TSL 1.0 is supported, and if it is, it would be used. If not, browser and server would fallback to SSL v3 instead.

With TLS 1.2 support in Firefox 27, TLS 1.2 is now used if supported by the server.

You can change the minimum requirements (or maximum but that is not suggested) so that TLS is always used. This may mean however that connections to some servers, those that only support SSL 3 but not TLS, cannot be established anymore.

Also Read: How to turn off Images and Javascript in Firefox 23 and above

SocialAPI supports multiple providers

Firefox’s SocialAPI enables webmasters to offer services that make use of it in the browser.

Up until now, only one social provider could be active at the same time in the browser. Firefox 27 changes this as you can now receive notifications and other information from multiple social providers.

Social features are not enabled by default, and activate only once at least one social provider has been added to the browser.

Support for SPDY 3.1 added

SPDY 3.1 is only supported by some servers, Google’s servers support it for say, while many others not.

For checking any service supports SPDY protocol, load Spdycheck in your browser.

Other Changes:

  • Ability to reset style sheets using ‘all:unset’
  • You can now choose to deobfuscate javascript in the debugger (see 762761)
  • Added support for scrolled fieldsets (see 261037)
  • Implemented allow-popups directive for iframe sandbox, enabling increased security (see 766282)
  • CSS cursor keywords -moz-grab and -moz-grabbing have been unprefixed (see 880672)
  • Added support for ES6 generators in SpiderMonkey (see blog post)
  • Implemented support for mathematical function Math.hypot() in ES6 (see 896264)
  • HTML5
  • Dashed line support on Canvas (see 768067)
  • Get Azure/Skia content rendering working on Linux (see 740200)
  • 27.0: Security fixes can be found here