Firefox 42 is out for Desktop and for Android. This means that Firefox 43 reached the beta stage, and Firefox 44 will become Developer Edition. Every six weeks, Mozilla releases a new version of Firefox. Here are the main changes in Firefox 42.
Here is a citation from the press release:
Color and iconography is commonly used today to communicate to users when a site is secure. The most widely used patterns are coloring a lock icon and parts of the address bar green. This treatment has a straightforward rationale given green = good in most cultures. Firefox has historically used two different color treatments for the lock icon – a gray lock for Domain-validated (DV) certificates and a green lock for Extended Validation (EV) certificates. The average user is likely not going to understand this color distinction between EV and DV certificates. The overarching message we want users to take from both certificate states is that their connection to the site is secure. We're therefore updating the color of the lock when a DV certificate is used to match that of an EV certificate.
Although the same green icon will be used, the UI for a site using EV certificates will continue to differ from a site using a DV certificate. Specifically, EV certificates are used when Certificate Authorities (CA) verify the owner of a domain. Hence, we will continue to include the organization name verified by the CA in the address bar.
The WebRTC support has improved in this version. WebRTC allows you to have VoIP calls using nothing but the web browser. Now it supports IPv6, which is more secure and allows you to change your IP visibility. Also, Firefox 42 has the ability to suppress incoming calls.
Media Source Extensions
The Media Source Extension API, which is used to play HTML5 videos, is enabled for all sites. So, now you can play HTML5 videos everywhere without Flash Player fallback.
The Android version got a new voice input feature.
All versions include a huge number of security fixes and performance optimizations.
The ESR channel got an updated Firefox version 38.4. The Thunderbird email app will be updated to ESR version 38.0.4. The all-in-one suite, SeaMonkey will reach version 2.39.
The release of Firefox 43 is expected on 15 December, 2015. Firefox 44 should be released on 26 January, 2016.
To get Firefox, use these links:
- Download Firefox Stable
- Download Firefox Beta
- Download Firefox Developer Edition
- Download Firefox Nightly
- Download Firefox ESR
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That's it. Do you like the additions in the released version? Share your opinions in the comments.
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