Mozilla Releases Firefox 18



Yesterday Mozilla officially launched their new update to Firefox bringing it to the 18th edition. They released updates for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Among other things the improvements include a new JavaScript compiler, preliminary WebRTC along with Retina support (on Macs).

The main emphasis with this release was largely dedicated to speeding up Firefox, as pointed out above Firefox 18 also saw the discharge of  a fresh faster JavaScript JIT compiler dubbed “IonMonkey.” IonMonkey will be replacing the older TraceMonkey and joins JagerMonkey as the two JIT compilers define Firefox’s SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine.

This is what’s new in Firefox 18:

  • NEW: Support for Retina Display on OS X 10.7 or higher.
  • NEW: Preliminary support for WebRTC.
  • CHANGED: Experience better image quality with our new HTML scaling algorithm.
  • CHANGED: Performance improvements around tab switching.
  • DEVELOPER: CSS3 Flexbox implemented.
  • DEVELOPER: Support for new DOM property window.devicePixelRatio.
  • DEVELOPER: Support for @supports added.
  • DEVELOPER: Improvement in startup time through smart handling of signed extension certificates.
  • HTML5: Support for W3C touch events impemented, taking the place of MozTouch events.
  • FIXED: Disable insecure content loading on HTTPS pages (62178).
  • FIXED: Improved responsiveness for users on proxies (769764).

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