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Firefox 22 to include OdinMonkey, cookie blocking delayed & more

Mozilla has released a brand new beta for Firefox 22, the next version of Firefox scheduled for release in the week of June 24, which brings some changes and new features to the table. First up is support for WebRTC - a real-time communication component that allows for plugin-free voice calls, video chats and file sharing across the web - which is now completely enabled by default in Firefox 22.

OdinMonkey, Mozilla's asm.js optimization module for Firefox's JavaScript engine, is also included in the beta build. The module significantly improves the gaming capabilities of the browser without needing extra plugins, and allows engines such as Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to work in the browser, as seen in the video above. Also included in Firefox 22 is HiDPI support for Windows machines with high resolution displays, the Web Notification API for simple web app notifications, and the Font Inspector.

Previously we heard that Firefox 22 would block third-party cookies by default, however this feature has been postponed as Mozilla wants to "collect and analyze data on the effect of blocking some third-party cookies." The team is also looking at preventing false-positives associated with the change, saying that overall the patch "needs more work".

While Firefox 22 is hitting the Beta channel now, Firefox 21 was released earlier this week and can be downloaded now for those that prefer to stay on a stable browser.

Source: Mozilla, PCWorld

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