Firefox 35 Gets Performance Boost, Bug Fixes
The first Mozilla browser release of 2015 brings Firefox Marketplace and improved performance to desktop users.Mozilla's open-source Firefox 35 Web browser became generally available on Jan. 13, providing users with new Web-based communication features and fixes for nine security advisories. The Firefox Hello WebRTC (Web Real Time Communications) feature officially debuted in the Firefox 34 release in December 2014 and is now being enhanced with new capabilities. In Firefox 35, Mozilla has made it easier for users to connect to video calls. Users can now connect with each other by way of a unique URL that is shared in order to join a conversation. Mozilla is also bringing its Firefox Marketplace to the desktop. The Firefox Marketplace is an app store for the Firefox browser, similar to Google's app store for its Chrome browser. "Marketplace apps for Firefox desktop are specially optimized for a bigger screen," Mozilla's support page for Marketplace states. "These apps are made with Open Web technology, so you can run the same app on different operating systems and devices!"
As part of Firefox 35, Mozilla developers have taken several steps to improve performance. The new browser has improved image resizing performance thanks in part to a bug fix that turns on SSE (Streaming SIMD [Single Instruction Multiple Data] Extensions) support on x86 CPUs. Additionally, developers have added multiple capabilities that make the browser more responsive for handling dynamic styling changes. For Apple Mac OS X users, Firefox 35 now leverages tiled rendering that can also provide a performance boost.