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Firefox 58 released with speedier WebAssembly compiler

Mozilla has released Firefox 58, it brings with it a decent speed boost thanks to a new two-tiered WebAssembly compiler which supports streaming compilation. The browser maker says the new compiler is able to compile code faster than the network could otherwise deliver it.

The release notes for Firefox 58 shed some light on what else users can expect from the new update, aside from the new WebAssembly compiler. Some of the new features in this release include support for credit card autofill, support for WebVR on macOS, and improved page rendering speeds for Windows users thanks to Off-Main-Thread painting. One downside to this update is that user profiles are now no longer compatible with previous versions. Those wanting to go to the ESR release will need a new profile.

On the mobile front, support for full-screen bookmark management with folder support has been added, Firefox on Android now supports FLAC media, and support for progressive web apps has been added. The Firefox Search widget has been removed.

You can grab Firefox 58 from Mozilla right now, if you're using an older version of Firefox your browser should update automatically soon.

Source: Mozilla release notes | Image via Mozilla (Medium)

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