Once upon a time the most popular desktop browser was Internet Explorer, a sort of Dark Age when there appeared not to be much else in the way of choice. Then Firefox came on the scene and changed everything. Bit by bit it ate into Microsoft’s share of the browser market to the point of becoming the most used alternative. But that reign was short-lived, too, given how Google fell over itself to make Chrome a point of reference. Even still, Firefox keeps getting updates and improving, as we’re seeing again in its version 52, one that brings interesting novelties and changes, like abandoning plugins such as Java or Silverlight. A change whose time had come.
New features in the desktop version
Version 52 has several novelties to highlight:
- Support for WebAssembly, an open standard that aims to smooth the performance of webapps and web-based games.
- An option to quickly send open tabs from one device to another.
- Greater ease of use on public WiFi connections with their own sign-on windows.
- Now a multiprocess browser for touchscreen Windows users.
- Several security improvements, including the appearance of warnings on user forms when you visit unsecured webpages.
Find this info and the rest of the changes in the update notes.
Hasta la vista, Java
Time to break out the bubbly: Firefox finally ended its support for the NPAPI (Netscape Plugin API) plugins, meaning it’s time to say goodbye to Java, Acrobat, and Silverlight. We’re talking about a system that arrived waaaaaaay back in 1995 and oddly enough is still used to this day. Adobe Flash Player is sticking around but we hope that changes, too. The best way to get webpages that use these obsolete languages to update is for browsers to stop supporting them.
Plus changes have been made to downloads done over Firefox:
- New bigger buttons to cancel or restart a download.
- Quick access links to your latest downloads are expanded to five items.
- Notifications added for failed downloads.
New features in the Android version
Version 52 has also made it onto the green droid interface with some of the same improvements as the desktop version, like the security upgrades that notify you about unsecured sites that try to send cookies saying that they’re actually secure. Plus the size of the app has been reduced and now has a media panel in the notifications to control the audio or video you’re playing.
More info | Mozilla Blog
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