Mozilla introduces Firefox Picture-in-Picture support, limited free access to VPN
Firefox developer Mozilla has published a blog post reflecting on 2019's accomplishments for the web browser, as well as its immediate plans for the future.
Mozilla's Vice President of Product Marissa Wood writes that the Enhanced Tracking Protection that is now built-in to Mozilla Firefox has blocked over 1 trillion unique tracking requests from sites and services that attempt to follow Internet users while they're browsing. To extend access to privacy protection, Wood announced that the next beta phase for Mozilla's upcoming Firefox Private Network virtual private network service will include a limited-time free service that allows for up to 12 hours a month of Firefox browsing to be encrypted using FPN.
As of December 3rd, Firefox is now capable of Picture-in-Picture support for videos on all websites. This allows for Firefox users to put a video file in a small independent window and multitask both within the web browser and with other apps on their computers. You can check to see if you have Picture-in-Picture support on your installation of Firefox by hovering your mouse cursor over any video file and seeing a small blue marker that includes the words "Picture-in-Picture" in white text.
Picture-in-Picture for Firefox is now available for its latest Windows release. The feature is set to come to macOS and Linux in January of 2020 with the browser's next release. More information on Mozilla's Firefox Private Network, including how US-based Firefox account holders can join the waitlist for the next phase of the service's beta, can be found on fpn.firefox.com.
The Mozilla Blog