Mozilla Firefox 47.0 is Here With Interesting New Features

The Mozilla Foundation have greatly improved both user experience and software stability with each new update of their renown web browser.

Firefox is on the receiving end of a new update with version 47 of the software landing in all GNU/Linux repositories and those of Arch and Solus will follow suit soon after.

The new update which began rolling out on the 7th of June on all supported platforms is not that big of an update  when compared to previous ones but it does bring in really interesting changes and features to the web browser.

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The most notable among these features includes giving users the ability to be able to play embedded YouTube videos with the latest HTML5 technology if for instance, the default Adobe Flash Player is not detected by the browser.

To greatly improve video performance on high-end computer hardware, Mozilla added the VP9 video codec which is now automatically enabled allowing users to be able to use top-notch video playback performance.

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Other changes includes Support for Google’s Widevine CDM on Windows and Mac OS X so streaming services like Amazon Video can switch from Silverlight to encrypted HTML5 video, View and search open tabs from your smartphone or another computer in a sidebar, Allow no-cache on back/forward navigations for https resources, FUEL (Firefox User Extension Library) has been removed.

Meaning Add-ons that rely on it will stop working, the Firefox click to activate wishlist has also been removed as well as the browser.sessionstore.restore_on_demand preference has been reset to its default value (true) to avoid e10s performance problems. Because faster is better!

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Lamin loves smartphones and was introduced to the world of mobile devices with Android. Ubuntu is new to him, but he is enjoying writing about it so far.

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