Mozilla team delivers new version that enables high-performance Web applications, video calls, and file-sharing directly in the browser.
Mozilla’s Firefox browser has been steadily declining in usage over the years, down from 26.5% in June 2011 to 16.9% as of May 2013. Many have flocked to alternatives like Google’s Chrome, which has inversely mirrored Firefox’s decline, increasing from 19.3% to 35.7% in the same time frame.
It’s because of this that many have smelled blood in the water, surmising that Mozilla is slowly sliding into irrelevance. After all, the reason many originally turned to Firefox was that it was far better than the horrifyingly slow and painful-to-use Internet Explorer. But, Chrome later arrived and gave users another option that is many ways better than anything else out there, and the numbers reflect that.
Perhaps sensing this, the Mozilla team has launched a new browser version that could return Firefox to relevance.
“Rich activities like games and video calls were some of the last remaining challenges to prove that the Web is a capable and powerful platform for complex tasks,” it says in a press release. “We conquered these challenges as part of Mozilla’s mission to advance the Web as the platform for openness, innovation and opportunity for all.”
What the Mozilla team has done is introduce a whole new range of functions that could reshape what we expect from our browser. Version 22 enables high-performance Web applications, video calls – even file-sharing directly in the browser - all without the need for plugins or third-party software.
“Mozilla is pushing the boundaries for what is possible on the Web today and proving the Web is the best development platform with advancements like these that improve interoperability and end fragmentation,” it adds.
“We are excited about the possibilities that these new technologies bring to the Web and can’t wait to see what amazing experiences developers will create.”
So are we.
Firefox is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
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