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February 25, 2015

Firefox 36 first browser to support HTTP/2

Update also includes 'Flash Protected Mode’.

By CBR Staff Writer

Mozilla has rolled out Firefox 36, the latest version of its web browser with new features including support to the latest HTTP/2 network protocol.

HTTP/2 network protocol is the final version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), which facilitates faster page loads, better connections, and is expected to be more secure than its predecessor.

The new protocol reportedly has the largest change after the release of HTTP 1.1.

The update includes better support of native HTML5 playback on video platforms like YouTube, for videos not exceeding beyond 720p.

It also includes ‘Flash Protected Mode’, which will allow users to run flash as a ‘low integrity process’.

The changes include WebIDE, which will allow developers to connect Developer Tools and Firefox for Android, additional paste options in markup view, support for meta name="referrer", and dynamically evaluated JavaScript can also debugged with the new browser.

With the update, Firefox has become the first browser to support HTTP/2, reported NDTV Gadget.

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However, previously Microsoft also unveiled plans to use the new protocol in its next Internet Explorer browser version that would come with Windows 10; the company also hinted its plans to introduce the protocol with the Spartan browser.

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