Jumping ahead of schedule, Mozilla has uploaded the Final version of Firefox 6 web browser into their servers for you to download.
Although the official changelog is not yet available, Firefox 6 will include the following new features and enhancements:
Reduced startup times when using Panorama
Web Console usability improvements
Improved discoverability of Firefox Sync
Domain name highlighting in the address bar
A support for the latest draft version of WebSockets
EventSource / server-sent events and window.matchMedia support
… and more
Firefox 7, set to ship in late September, will be quite a bit faster because of recent efforts to plug the browser’s memory leaks. Mozilla developer Nicholas Nethercote credited the “MemShrink” project for closing memory bugs in the browser and producing a faster Firefox. MemShrink was announced approximately two months ago.
Firefox 7 uses less memory than Firefox 6 (and 5 and 4): often 20% to 30% less, and sometimes as much as 50% less. This means that Firefox 7 is faster (sometimes drastically so) and less likely to crash, particularly if you have many websites open at once and/or keep Firefox running for a long time between restarts. - Nicholas Nethercote, programmer at Mozilla
According to various reports, some users have recently received a Firefox update notification to their emails with a download link for you to try.
Don’t worry though; it does actually include a Firefox 5.0.1 installer. However, it is bundled with a Trojan horse, which is not exactly what people prefer.
It looks like Firefox related emails are getting more and more popular as just yesterday we have received a message informing us about the “Mozilla Firefox Inc Lotto” winnings.
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Preparing for the next generation web browsers, Mozilla has published a few mockups that may resemble the upcoming Firefox (likely 7 or 8) user interface direction.
Some of the key changes include the removal of obsolete search bar, a new menu which is now icon based as well as an integration of a permanent Home tab.
IE users rejoice.
Earlier this week, we reported about the recent study which claims that IE users tend to have a lower IQ when compared to other web browser users. Turns out, it was a hoax all along.
According to BBC, the web site that published results was set up just weeks before official announcement and used staff images copied from Central Test, a French company specializing in research.
Although ApTiquant has already changed some of its staff member names, they did that few days too late.
[Thanks, RamaSubbu SK]
It’s August already as we look at the July’s web browser market share numbers. As you will see from the stats below, this month was awful for everyone but WebKit.
Internet Explorer is first in our list and there are no surprises here. It has lost some of its market share again, down from 53.68% to 52.71% (0.97 point decrease).
Firefox 5 did not change the situation for Mozilla as its browser market share continues to grind lower, down from 21.67% to 21.47% (0.2 point decrease).
Google’s first product that has been advertised on TV in the UK, Google Chrome, has become more popular than Firefox. Seems like advertising works!
Yes, that’s right. Chrome is now the second most used web browser in the UK after having overtaken Firefox. That is, according to StatCounter. Being only just ahead of Firefox, Chrome currently possesses 22 percent of UK users. Internet Explorer, however, still has more market share than both of them combined, lying at 45 percent.