In terms of features, capabilities, and support, Firefox’s best days are right now. Mozilla has had nearly two decades to groom and evolve Firefox into a mature browser, and the latest release 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’s also a video overlay enabled on Windows for Intel GPUs, which should reduce power usage during video playback.
This is all on top of a host of bug fixes, security patches, and other general changes. And that’s all great, but unfortunately for Mozilla, it’s long-running browser is no longer the disrupting force it once was. There’s nothing in Firefox 100 that will change that.
Before the Firefox faithful come at me, let me say that I use Firefox often (as in, on a daily basis), and really like it. I also use Chrome, and occasionally fire up Edge, which is based on the same Chromium foundation as Chrome.
If you’re a Firefox fan and you’re looking for the sliver lining, it’s that Mozilla is still hanging around and championing a multi-browser landscape to keep the web honest. And though Chrome is way out ahead of all other browsers, the rise and fall of IE is proof that no single browser is ever too big to fail.