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A pilot experiment has been launched by Mozilla for several new features looking to make their way to the browser soon.

As Firefox continues to stun the browser community with its speed improvements and memory management, Mozilla are looking at continuing the improvements even further by potentially releasing a wide array of new features in coming versions of the browser. A test pilot has been launched today to act as an experiment for the new upcoming features before a future public release of said features.

So what exactly are these features? The first is a voice searching tool, similar to what is currently on the Google mobile app; the second is a note-taking feature and the last - and probably the most interesting -  is the new file sending feature. Starting with the voice searching tool, it's already clear what Mozilla are aiming for with this addition: to make the feature set of the browser on-par with that of rivals from Google and Apple. Currently, this new feature works on engines such as Google, Yahoo and DuckDuckGo and is being tested to expand and cover more engines and websites.

As for the note-taking feature, this acts as a fast and easy plugin that allows a user to take notes from any web page within the browser, more for convenience than functionality but still a step in the right direction.

The last feature - the new file sharing system - is not like the aforementioned features as it acts as a part of the browser instead of a plugin, so whilst both the voice search and note taking tools will be web plugins, the new file sharing system will be implemented as a fundamental part of the browser. In short, the improvements to the file sharing system are said to allow encrypted files of up to 1GB to be sent from Firefox to anybody on any web browser (even if they do not actually use Firefox themselves). These can then be set to delete after a day or after a said amount of views to keep privacy as a fundamental part of the file sharing system within Firefox.

All in all it looks as though users are in for a treat when it comes to the future of Firefox, just how long they will have to wait to see these improvements is unknown but it shouldn't be long given they are already being tested and, in some cases, are actually up and running now.

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Jayme Leigh

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