The latest version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser has been made available for download.
The main feature in this release was originally supposed to be support for the Windows 8 Metro mode, but as the mozilla announced, they decided to drop this due to low user involvement during the beta process.
Without Windows 8 support, the new features in this release are relatively minor. They include support for VP9 video decoding and the OS X notification center, so that notifications from web apps can now appear there. Also new is support for volume control for HTML5 audio and video and support for WebM Opus audio.Elsewhere, support for the spdy/2 protocol has been dropped, while developers gain a handful of new features, including support for the MathML 2.0 “mathvariant” attribute and background threat hang reporting.
Mac users will find a bit more on offer, including Notification Centre support. Android users will find native text selection, cut, and copy items; more share buttons; and predictive lookup from the Awesome Bar.
Firefox 29, scheduled for release next month, may be the first to feature Firefox’s new Australis user interface.
- NEW – VP9 video decoding implemented
- NEW – Mac OS X: Notification Center support for web notifications
- NEW – Volume control for HTML5 audio/video
- NEW – Support for Opus in WebM
- CHANGED – Now that spdy/3 is implemented support for spdy/2 has been removed and servers without spdy/3 will negotiate to http/1 without any penalty
- DEVELOPER – Support for MathML 2.0 ‘mathvariant’ attribute
- DEVELOPER – Background thread hang reporting
- DEVELOPER – Support for multi-line flexbox in layout
- FIXED – Various security fixes