Mozilla Release 64bit Firefox

Nearly a decade after the idea was first floated around, Mozilla is finally releasing an official 64bit version of their popular browser. This confirms earlier speculation that the new flavour of the Firefox was going to drop soon. It’s also about 9 months since the first beta version of 64bit debuted and after various forks have already moved to 64bit. With this move, Mozilla brings their browser a bit closer to rival Chrome which had its first 64bit version released back in 2014.

While 64bit support us undoubtedly the biggest feature to come with Version 43, the new version does come with a big drawback. As part of the transition from the supposedly insecure and unstable NPAPI, 64bit Firefox won’t support any plug-ins just yet. Silverlight and ironically, Flash are still supported for now. Even with all the problems with Flash, Mozilla still knows Flash is needed everywhere for now.

This release marks the end of cycle of cancelled and rebooted attempts to get 64bit support. With this, the next major change will be the release of Electrolysis, where it will adapt the multi-process nature that Chrome has been using for ages. Whether or not this will be enough for the browser to shore up flagging usage remains to be seen.

Download the latest version of Firefox here.

Firefox 64-Bit for Windows Will Be Released Soon

Those of you who have been waiting for a 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows will be glad to know that your prayers have finally been answered, as Mozilla has decided to release the binaries for the new version alongside Firefox 42. Firefox 42 will be launched on November 3, but since the official download page won’t be updated with a 64-bit version for Windows just yet, you’ll have to head over to the Firefox release directory in order to get your hands on it. It’s not exactly clear what caused Mozilla to delay the 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows, especially since numerous Firefox-based browsers have been available in 64-bit for a few years now.

Various bugs might have been the culprits here, but some sources indicate that the company has prioritized the development of Firefox 64-bit for Windows a few times before and then decided to abandon the project altogether. A recent post on the Bugzilla bug tracking website indicates that Mozilla is finally ready to release a stable version after years of development, which is great news for all Firefox fans. As for the delay on the download page, it seems to be related to some “partner changes”, but it’s not exactly clear what partners or what changes we’re talking about.

Firefox Users Can Now Stream Netflix Without a Plugin

Firefox users will no longer be required to download the Microsoft Silverlight plugin if they are wanting to watch Netflix through their browsers. The newest version of Firefox integrates Adobe Content Decryption Module (CDM), which is needed to stream from Netflix on HTML 5.

For a long time now Mozilla has been anti-DRM due to their open-source philosophy, but it seems now they are bending to the demand of users by including the Adobe Content Decryption Module. They haven’t forgotten their roots though as they also have a non-CDM version of Firefox that users can download if they don’t want any additional DRM in their browsers. This may help Firefox gain some users since there are so many who currently stream Netflix through their browsers. It seems like they are wanting to capitalize on part of that user base that wants to move away from Chrome or another browser. There are millions of Netflix users around the world with more customers joining every day so even gaining a small percentage would help grow the Firefox user base.

Now the only problem for users with Netflix is what to watch and how long they will have to wait for the second season of Daredevil to drop so they can binge watch it in one sitting.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

The Latest Figures Show One Internet Browser Dominates Them All: But Which One?

When it comes to browsers there is always a lot of “usually” friendly rivalry between Microsoft, Mozilla and Google as the big three browsers jostle for top spot. However, with Internet Explorer as the default browser in all Microsoft operating systems of late, Microsoft is unsurprisingly still on top. That comes despite the recent antitrust ruling Microsoft faced for not offering Windows users the option to choose their browser upon first use. That ruling forced Microsoft to create a start-up prompt offering Windows users the option to choose between a variety of browsers, instead of relying entirely on Internet Explorer.

Google has 19.34% with its Chrome browser taking second spot and Firefox comes in third with 15.54% for its Firefox browser. Microsoft leads the way with a staggering 58.38% of the browser market as of last month. Microsoft’s IE8 is the most popular followed by IE11, the latest release of Internet Explorer. IE11 ships as the default browser on Windows 8 and 8.1 operating systems and uptake of that has been helped by the recent rise in notebook and desktop sales caused by the end of Windows XP support.

Source: NetMarketShare, Via: Softpedia

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Mozilla Offers Up Firefox Support For Virtual Reality

The rising interest in virtual reality has led developers over at Mozilla, makers of the Firefox Web browser, to begin testing VR interfaces for Firefox.

It’s a strong move by Firefox to prepare for what is expected to become a booming market, as more consumers become familiar with VR.

The first Mozilla technical vision for the Web includes the following: Rendering Canvas to VR devices, rendering 3D video to VR devices, rendering HTML content, mixing WebGL-rendered 3D content, and receiving input from orientation and position sensors.

Here is what Vladimir Vukicevic, Firefox Web browser developer, said in a blog post:

“We are adding native support for VR devices to early experimental and builds of Firefox, so that Web developers can start experimenting with adding VR interactivity to their website and content.  This is only the first of many steps that we’ll be taking over the coming weeks and months.”

Trying to expand content to support VR will initially be a difficult process, but one that other Web developers outside of Firefox also are researching.

When most people currently think of VR, Oculus Rift – which was purchased by Facebook – is the most familiar name.  However, the market is rapidly accelerating, with other manufacturers expected to show off their own VR headsets.

Interested followers can sign up for the Mozilla VR discussion mailing list – and developers that want to experiment with VR on the web can download an early preview build.

Thank you to Vladmir Vukicevic for providing us with this information

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