Thursday, January 20, 2022

Firefox 96 Review 2022

Mozilla released Firefox 96 on January 11, 2022. This is the first major browser update in 2022.

This is the eight update for the new Proton user-interface which was first released in June 2021.

In this blog post, I cover some of the notable changes in this new browser update.

In the past couple of years, Mozilla has been releasing updates almost on a monthly basis for the Firefox web browser.

However, not all of their updates include major changes and new features.

In this new Firefox 96 release, there are three main notable changes I would like to highlight which I will cover in this blog post below.

First up, improvements in video conferencing. So when it comes to video conferencing, Mozilla has significantly improved noise-suppression, auto-gain control, as well as some enhancements to echo-cancellation. So, you should have a better user-experience overall.

Secondly, Firefox 96 focuses on reducing main-thread load which is designed to help the browser function better on older and slower systems that don't have a lot of memory resources.

Thirdly, CSRF (Cross-Site Request Forgery) attacks. Mozilla has changed the way Firefox handles cookies. In Firefox 96, cookies will default to having a "SameSite=Lax” attribute - this will help defend against Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks. If you're interested, you can read more about it via this web document.

So these were some of the notable changes in Firefox 96. You can check the list of detailed changes in the Release Notes. In terms of the Browsermark Benchmark test results, the overall performance of Firefox remained steady compared to the earlier version. On the other hand, Google Chrome continues to outperform. Hope you found this brief review helpful and thanks for stopping by!

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