In terms of features, capabilities, and support, Firefox’s best days are right now. Mozilla has had nearly two decades to prepare and evolve Firefox into a mature browser, and the latest version adds a bunch of new and improved features to the mix. For example, picture-in-picture mode now supports video captions and subtitles on YouTube, Prime Video, Netflix, and websites that use WebVTT.
Firefox 100 also brings HDR support to the browser on Mac (starting with YouTube) and enables hardware-accelerated AV1 video decoding on Windows with supported GPUs (Intel Gen 11+, AMD RDNA 2 except for Navi 24 and NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 series). There is also a Windows-enabled video overlay for Intel GPUs, which should reduce power consumption during video playback.
This is all on top of a host of bug fixes, security fixes, and other general changes. And that’s great, but unfortunately for Mozilla, its long-running browser isn’t the disruptive force it once was. Nothing in Firefox 100 will change that.
Before the Firefox devotees come to me, let me say that I use Firefox often (as in, daily) and really like it. I also use Chrome and occasionally run Edge, which is based on the same Chromium base as Chrome.
If you’re a Firefox fan and looking for the ribbon liner, Mozilla is still trolling and championing a cross-browser landscape to keep the web honest. And although Chrome is ahead of all other browsers, the rise and fall of IE is proof that no browser is ever too big to fail.