Version 35 of Mozilla's Firefox web browser is now available for download. Arriving roughly five weeks after its predecessor, the latest iteration includes a handful of noteworthy features in addition to the usual gamut of minor updates and behind-the-scenes fixes.
Firefox Hello, Mozilla's WebRTC-based real-time video and audio calling service, has been streamlined a bit. Previously, users had to simply wait idly for the person on the other end to connect to the call. In Firefox 35, a small window opens showing a self view until the invited person joins and in the meantime, the caller can perform other tasks like surfing the web.
It's a small change but any way to add productivity is welcomed in my book.
Another time-saver is the ability to create multiple conversations and save them for later use which makes it easier to reconnect with people you talk to on a regular basis without having to create a new link each time. All of this can be done without having to create an account or forfeit any user information.
Elsewhere, Firefox 35 enables desktop users to access the Firefox Marketplace, built-in support for MP4 playback on Mac OS X (Snow Leopard and newer) and makes it easier to share web content on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn and Google+. Mozilla has also fixed nine security-related issues in the new release according to its securities advisories page.
Firefox 35 is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.