Firefox gains serious speed and reliability and loses some bloat – TechRepublic
Firefox 49 has been released. Can the one-time ruler of the browser space return to its glory days? Jack Wallen offers up his take on Mozilla’s latest.
We’re generally pretty agnostic about browsers, switching several times a day, as needed, but as longterm Firefox fans, it’s great to see some of the new features Mozilla have rolled out with the latest release. As well as good news for habitual Netflix binge watchers, who will now be able to stream DRM content without leaving the browser, this release sees the addition of a built-in screen reader, a sure step in the right direction to increase accessibility for visually imapaired users.
In practice, the text reader suffers from some sizable glitches with punctuation and pronunciation from the digital narrator which make it almost unbearable to use for any well punctuated piece of writing. Having tested many of these text-to-speech tools across a wide spectrum of devices and apps, it’s hard to blame Mozilla for this, since most have similar problems.
In addition to some small security improvements, the speed increase discussed in the article is evident and it’s worth tinkering in about:config to enable “Electrolysis” – a Chrome style feature to improve image rendering and load times.