It has been a while since I have kept up with the Firefox release, but over my afternoon coffee break today I decided to see what they have prepared for the next release.
- Reader Mode can now read articles out loud
- Improve overall performance on OS X systems without hardware acceleration
- Firefox Hello being decommissioned
- Improved appearance of anti-aliased OS X fonts
- Graphite2 font shaping is enabled by default
- Improve video performance on systems without hardware acceleration that support SSSE3 instruction set
- OS X users who did not originally install Firefox can now update it if they can provide administrator credentials
- Adjust the width and line spacing of Reader Mode text
- HTML5 audio and video improvements
- Files can now be looped through the built-in controls in the context menu
- Play audio and video at 1.25× speed through the context menu
- Saved HTTP logins will now be offered on HTTPS pages
That is a quote from the change log. One of the most interesting items on that list is probably the first one. I have been using the Reader on Firefox pretty extensively since it was introduced and I have to say that it has gone through some pretty major improvements. But I think the biggest has to be the ability to read text out loud. I am contemplating downloading the beta as we speak but I will probably wait until stable is released to avoid any pre-release bug disappointment.