The next version of Mozilla’s Firefox web browser is 3.1 and its going to have quite a few enhancements in it. Some of the features that are planned are:
- Built-in ability to play Ogg Vorbis music files
- Built-in ability to play Ogg Theora video files
- Improved document object model
The following graphic shows the performance enhancement:
The figures seem to be to good to be true.
TraceMonkey is already built into the developer versions of Mozilla Firefox 3.1 but disabled by default.
If Mozilla’s TraceMonkey offers this kind of a serious performance boost, it won’t be surprising to find developers writing applications that targeted Firefox specifically, just like those innumerous sites that would function properly only on Internet Explorer.
If Mozilla delivers on its promise, then the day is not far when we would be seeing applications that have a disclaimer saying “Please use Mozilla Firefox 3.1 for proper function”. And oh, by the way, Adobe and Microsoft, please take note.