Firefox for Windows updated with WebVR, faster startup, improved performance and more

Mozilla today announced the release of Firefox 55 for Windows with support for WebVR, faster startup, improved performance and more. With WebVR support, Virtual Reality (VR) is now possible in your browser with HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift. Firefox is the first desktop browser to support WebVR for all users. Microsoft is also planning to announce support for WebVR in Edge web browser next month during the Edge Web Summit 2017 event.

To experience WebVR in Firefox, find a web game or app that supports VR and click the VR goggles icon visible on the web page. You can navigate and control VR experiences with handset controllers and your movements in physical space. You can check out some VR experiences by visiting vr.mozilla.org.

Thanks to the new multi-process architecture, Firefox easily handles complex websites when you have many of them loaded in tabs. With this update, Firefox now allows users to adjust the number of processes up or down in this version of Firefox. This setting can be found in the General section in Options. If your PC has lots of RAM, increase the number of content processes to the maximum for great performance. They have also significantly reduced the time it takes to start Firefox when restoring tabs from a previous session.

Firefox recently released their 64-bit version of Firefox. They have now released a new 64-bit build which reduces crashes by 39% on machines with 4GB of RAM. You can now quickly search using different search engines, right from the address bar. Just type your query, and then click which search engine you’d like to use.

Other improvements included in this update:

  • You can now move the sidebar to the right side of the window.
  • Parts of a web page that use Flash must now be clicked and given permission to run. This improves battery life, security, and stability, and is a step towards Flash end-of-life.
  • Simplify print jobs from within print preview.
  • When entering a hostname (like pinterest.com) in the URL bar, Firefox resolves to the secure version of the site (https://www.pinterest.com) instead of the insecure version (http://www.pinterest.com) when possible
  • Added support for stereo microphones with WebRTC

You can download the latest Firefox update here.

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