Firefox 6 released

By Yashwant
Aug 17th, 2011
Are you also a firefox freak?? Are you one of those who want to be the first one to try out the latest updates before anyone else does? Then you might have already noticed that your firefox has prompted you for another major update. If you haven’t done it already, update it now. Yes, I am not kidding, firefox has released firefox 6. I know it’s too quick to accept for all normal users who recently updated to firefox 5 and many of you might still be using firefox 4. In less than four months, firefox has released 3 major releases – firefox 4, firefox 5 and firefox 6.
  • Firefox 4 – Release Date – March 22, 2011
  • Firefox 5 – Release Date – June 21, 2011
  • Firefox 6 – Release Date – August 16, 2011
These releases are a part of Mozilla’s rapid release for firefox browser. Latest release came much earlier than its proposed release date. As per the release dates mentioned for future releases on Mozilla site, we can expect firefox 7 and firefox 8 also to release this year itself. As per firefox 6 release notes the latest version of Firefox has the following changes:
  • The address bar now highlights the domain of the website you’re visiting
  • Streamlined the look of the site identity block
  • Added support for the latest draft version of WebSockets with a prefixed API
  • Added support for EventSource / server-sent events
  • Added support for window.matchMedia
  • Added Scratchpad, an interactive JavaScript prototyping environment
  • Added a new Web Developer menu item and moved development-related items into it
  • Improved usability of the Web Console
  • Improved the discoverability of Firefox Sync
  • Reduced browser startup time when using Panorama
  • Fixed several stability issues
  • Fixed several security issues
Firefox keep updating their test builds also for end users. Firefox Beta, Firefox Aurora and Firefox Nightly Builds are available for all those who are ready to experiment with unstable releases. If you are not afraid of crashing browsers and want to enjoy the latest technology before others, you should try these.
In my last post related with browser wars, I mentioned that Chrome is increasing its user base at a very rapid rate and IE is losing the same. Firefox has shown somehow steady position among the rankings. These rapid releases may be an answer to Chrome’s regular updates. But these rapid releases might create some issues for end users sometimes. Firefox major user base is due to the plug-ins support and sometimes plug-ins designed for older versions do not support latest releases. It’s a major setback for end user if his plug-ins do not work after updating his browser. Plug-in developers will eventually take some time to update their plug-in with the latest release and with this pace of firefox releases it’s going to be a tough task for plug-in developers. Let’s see what firefox offers with their upcoming releases to be a major warrior in browser wars.

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- An avid reader and a big time comics fan. A software engineer by profession who loves writing code and make things work.

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