It’s one of those good days to be a Mozilla Firefox web browser user. The open source company launches the first update of 2022, Firefox 96. This latest version of the popular arrives today (via TechDows) and brings a bunch of new interesting features.
It should be noted that the release schedule is later than January 11, so you may not see the update available just yet. Anyway, but at the end of the day it will be rolled out to the masses and the changelog will go live as well. You can see the Firefox 96 update page here.
The usual mix of new features, performance improvements, security fixes, and bug fixes is included.
Mozilla ships Firefox 96 in a single version for Windows, Mac, and Linux. For Windows 11 users, there are some cool things to say about the build. Chief among them is a new scroll bar experience that matches the general user interface of Microsoft’s new operating system.
Mozilla promises that the changes to the scroll bar on Windows 11 will hit all platforms with the release of Firefox 97. Until then, it will be a Windows 11 exclusive.
On the Windows side too, the browser is now available as a Microsoft Store app on Windows 10 and Windows 11. The advantage here is that Mozilla can provide updates automatically through the Store.
Thanks to the folks at TechDows, we know about some of the other general changes Mozilla is making to Firefox 96:
- “The version comes with significant improvements in noise cancellation and automatic grain control, as well as slight improvements in echo cancellation to give you a better overall experience.
- Mozilla claims to have significantly reduced the load on the main thread.
- mac OS: Command click links in Gmail now open in a new tab.
- The update fixes the video intermittently and removes SSRC.
- Another issue where WebRTC degrades screen sharing resolution to give you a clear browsing experience has been resolved.
- Fixed degradation of video quality on some sites.
- The detached full screen video in macOS has been temporarily disabled to avoid certain issues with corruption, changing brightness, missing subtitles, and high CPU usage.
- Includes various security fixes.
Tip of the day: With many accessible wireless access points appearing and disappearing again, the list of available networks can become quite boring. If necessary, you can use the Windows allowed and blocked filter list to block certain WiFi networks or all unknown WiFi networks.