Thursday, June 7, 2012

Firefox 13 Goes Stable, Adds Speed Dial, New Homepage

The newest stable version of Firefox is out now, and it has new features in tow. 

The update, which bumps the browser up to version 13, also introduces a new look ‘start page’ populated with links to common Firefox options such as bookmarks and settings.

Visual Changes

After Mozilla introduces the ‘rapid release schedule’ for Firefox –  which sees a new stable release of the browser made every 6 weeks – the changes in successive releases have seemed, in comparison to other browsers, slim.

In Firefox 13, it packs a number of new visual changes.

New Home Page

A new look homepage sports quick launchers for common Firefox settings, such as downloads, bookmarks, and settings –  placed along the bottom of the screen for easy access.
Opening a new tab reveals the new Firefox ‘Speed-dial’.

This auto-populates with thumbnail links to frequented sites, but can be tailored by pinning, removing and re-ordering entries.
Also present is a new ‘tabs on demand’ feature.

When loading a previous session’s tabs, Firefox will not load each tabs contents in the background, but only when you ‘switched’ to it. This is aimed at speeding up browser performance for users of tab-heavy sessions.

Elsewhere there are bug, security and CSS3 fixes and the introduction of smooth scrolling by default.


If you are using Ubuntu, the update will be arriving shortly via the built in Update Manager. If you are using another Linux distro, check your repos for a updated Firefox. 

You can also go and check for a new version of Firefox via the built in Firefox updater in the Windows and Mac Version.

If you don't have an updated firefox in your Linux repos, or use Mac and Windows, you can visit the link below if you just want to download the proper package for your OS/Linux distro.

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