Mozilla has announced new betas for Firefox desktop that incorporate a number of cutting-edge features and technologies. First and foremost, WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communications) is now enabled by default. Mozilla said this will “enable developers to easily integrate real-time communications, including voice and video calls and file sharing, across the web”.
WebRTC arrived in Firefox Nightly late last year, and it was subsequently utilised in cross-browser technology demos, such as the Firefox/Chrome web chat, Fresh Tilled Soil’s embed solution, and the Mozilla TowTruck online collaboration tool.
Additional Firefox updates from a development standpoint include CSS3 Flexbox being enabled by default, a Web Notifications API for creating simple notifications for web apps, and a built-in font inspector. Mozilla unveiled the last of those features in March, showcasing how it exposes different information about the @font-faces used on a page, such as the font’s name and family, location, code and how it looks.
Further information about Firefox 22 beta and download links are available on the Mozilla website.