Firefox 59 released with performance enhancements, improved RTC support and more

Mozilla today announced the release of Firefox version 59.0 with more performance gains and new features. Firefox 59 comes with improved page load times, new tools to annotate, the ability to crop Firefox Screenshots, easier way to arrange your Top Sites on the Firefox Home page and more. Find the full change log below.

  • Performance enhancements:
    – Faster load times for content on the Firefox Home page
    – Faster page load times by loading either from the networked cache or the cache on the user’s hard drive (Race Cache With Network)
    – Improved graphics rendering using Off-Main-Thread Painting (OMTP) for Mac users (OMTP for Windows and Linux was released in Firefox 58)
  • Drag-and-drop to rearrange Top Sites on the Firefox Home page, and customize new windows and tabs in other ways
  • Added features for Firefox Screenshots:
    – Basic annotation lets the user draw on and highlight saved screenshots
    – Recropping to change the viewable area of saved screenshots
  • Enhanced WebExtensions API including better support for decentralized protocols and the ability to dynamically register content scripts
  • Improved Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities.
    – Implemented RTP Transceiver to give pages more fine grained control over calls
    – Implemented features to support large scale conferences
  • Added support for W3C specs for pointer events and improved platform integration with added device support for mouse, pen, and touch screen pointer input
  • Added the Ecosia search engine as an option for German Firefox
  • Added the Qwant search engine as an option for French Firefox
  • Added settings in about:preferences to stop websites from asking to send notifications or access your device’s camera, microphone, and location, while still allowing trusted websites to use these features

Download it here from Firefox.

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