[October 20] Mozilla Corporation’s free & open-source web browser, Mozilla Firefox gets a new stable release, Firefox version 49.0.2, which includes new features, fixes and more.
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- Asynchronous rendering of the Flash plugins is now enabled by default. This should improve performance and reduce crashes for sites that use the Flash plugin. (Bug 1307108)
- Change D3D9 default fallback preference to prevent graphical artifacts (Bug 1306465)
- Network issue prevents some users from seeing the Firefox UI on startup (Bug 1305436)
- Web compatibility issue with Array.prototype.values (Bug 1299593)
- Various security fixes
- Web compatibility issue with file uploads (Bug 1306472)
- Diagnostic information on timing for tab switching (Bug 1304113)
- Updated Firefox Login Manager to allow HTTPS pages to use saved HTTP logins. It’s one more way Firefox is supporting Let’s Encrypt and helping users transition to a more secure web.
- Added features to Reader Mode that make it easier on the eyes and the ears
- Controls that allow users to adjust the width and line spacing of text
- Narrate, which reads the content of a page out loud
- Improved video performance for users on systems that support SSSE3 without hardware acceleration
- Added context menu controls to HTML5 audio and video that let users loops files or play files at 1.25x speed
- Enhancements for Mac users
- Improved performance on OS X systems without hardware acceleration
- Improved appearance of anti-aliased OS X fonts
- Improvements in about:memory reports for tracking font memory usage
- Improve performance on Windows systems without hardware acceleration
- Fixed an issue that prevented users from updating Firefox for Mac unless they originally installed Firefox. Now, those users as well as any user with administrative credentials can update Firefox
- Various security fixes
- Ended Firefox for Mac support for OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8.
- Ended Firefox for Windows support for SSE processors
- Removed Firefox Hello
- Re-enabled the default for Graphite2 font shaping
- Added a Cause column to the Network Monitor to show what caused each network request
- Introduced web speech synthesis API