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It is one of those good days to be a user of Mozilla’s Firefox web browser. The open source company is ushering in the first update of 2022, Firefox 96. This newest version of the popular is landing today (via TechDows) and brings a bunch of interesting new features.

It is worth noting the release schedule is later on January 11, so you may not see the update as available just yet. Either way, but the end of the day it will be rolling out to the masses and the changelog will go live then too. You can see the update page for Firefox 96 here.

Included is the usual blend of new features, performance enhancements, security patches, and bug fixes.

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Mozilla is sending out Firefox 96 in a single release to Windows, Mac, and Linux. For Windows 11 users, there are some cool things to talk about in the release. Chief among them is a new scrollbar experience that matches the general UI of Microsoft’s new OS.

Mozilla is promising the changes to the scrollbar on Windows 11 will come to all platforms through the release of Firefox 97. In the meantime, it will be a Windows 11 exclusive.

Also on the Windows side of things, the browser is now available as a Microsoft Store application on both Windows 10 and Windows 11. The benefit here is Mozilla can deliver updates automatically through the Store.

Changelog

Thanks to the folks at TechDows, we know some of the other general changes Mozilla is bringing to Firefox 96:

What’s new:

  1. “The release comes with significant improvements in noise suppression and auto-grain control, in addition, slight improvements in echo-cancellation to provide you with a better overall experience.
  2. Mozilla claims they’ve significantly reduced the Main-thread load.
  3. Firefox will now enforce Cookie policy:same-site=lax by default to protect against Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks.

Fixed:

  • mac OS: command clicking links in Gmail now open in a new tab.
  • The update fixes video intermittently drops SSRC.
  • Another issue where WebRTC downgrades screen sharing resolution to provide you with a clear browsing experience has been addressed.
  • Fixed video quality degradation on certain sites.
  • Detached video fullscreen in macOS has been temporarily disabled to avoid some issues with corruption, brightness changes, missing subtitles, and high CPU usage.
  • Includes various security fixes.”

Tip of the day: With many reachable wireless access points popping up and disappearing again, the available networks list can become quite annoying. If needed you can use the allowed and blocked filter list of Windows to block certain WiFi networks or all unknown WiFi networks.

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