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Firefox goes 40.0

Postby Juanm » Wednesday August 12th, 2015 21h59:38

Firefox 40.0 was unleashed today.

New features:
  • Support for Windows 10
  • Added protection against unwanted software downloads
  • User can receive suggested tiles in the tab page based on categories Firefox matches to browsing history (en-US only).
  • Hello allows adding a link to conversations to provide context on what the conversation will be about
  • New style for add-on manager based on the in-content preferences style
  • Improved scrolling, graphics, and video playback performance with off main thread compositing (GNU/Linux only)
  • Graphic blocklist mechanism improved: Firefox version ranges can be specified, limiting the number of devices blocked

Changed:
  • Add-on extensions that are not signed by Mozilla will display a warning
  • NPAPI Plug-in performance improved via asynchronous initialization
  • Smoother animation and scrolling with hardware vsync (Windows only)
  • JPEG images use less memory when scaled and can be painted faster
  • Sub-resources can no longer request HTTP authentication, thus protecting users from inadvertently disclosing login data

HTML5
  • IndexedDB transactions are now non-durable by default
  • Implemented AudioBufferSourceNode.detune to modulate playback rate in cents, a logarithmic unit of measure used for musical intervals

Developer
  • Improved Performance tools in the developer tools: Waterfall view, Call Tree view and a Flame Chart view
  • New rules view tooltip in the Inspector to tweak CSS Filter values
  • Console API messages from SharedWorker and ServiceWorker are now displayed in web console
  • New page ruler highlighting tool that displays lightweight horizontal and vertical rules on a page
  • Inspector now searches across all content frames in a page

Fixed
  • Kannada text does not display properly in built-in pdf viewer
  • Various security fixes

Known Issues

  • If Firefox is restarted from an add-on install notification, on-going private browsing downloads might be canceled without warning
  • Starting in offline mode does not work
    Resolved in v41.0beta

Announcement: here


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