Firefox 13 released

Posted: 5th June 2012 by Babar Shafiq in Browser
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Firefox 13 released and a bit earlier then expected, Firefox 13 is an important release with a handful of much-needed features that are long overdue.

First of all, Firefox 13 debuts “New Tab” Page — a grid of your favorite and most-visited websites. If you’ve used Opera, Chrome, or indeed Internet Explorer, you will feel right at home with the Firefox 13 New Tab Page.

Second new addition is new “Home Page”

And third major change in Firefox 13, is SPDY — Google’s faster, newer, optimized version of HTTP; the contemporary/competitor of Microsoft’s HTTP S&M– is on by default, and will be used by any sites that support it (mostly Google-owned sites such as YouTube, Gmail, and so on, for now). SPDY can speed up page load times by up to 50%, so this should help battle the perception that Chrome is faster than Firefox

Finally, there’s a bunch of small, like : Restored tabs (when the browser starts) will not load their contents until you click them; Smooth scrolling is now on by default; the developer tools (Page Inspector, Style Inspector, etc.) have been upgraded; and of course there’s further support for various HTML5 and CSS3 tags and properties.

Full Changelog here

So Download new Firefox 13 from here

 

Update:
Mozilla has just released a new version of Firefox stable, bringing the version of the browser to 13.0.1 for all supported operating systems. The release notes list both the changes that Mozilla made in Firefox 13 and the three bug fixes in the Firefox 13.0.1 release, which had been released two weeks earlier.

As discussed in previous article, Flash upgrade has caused serious crash and freezing issues for some users, which the new version unfortunately does not address completely.

Fix for Flash 11.3 upgrade issues (fix):
http://blogs.silicontechnix.com/?p=524