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.
Following a version numbering that makes sense, Microsoft has released the second update for its Internet Explorer 9 web browser.
According to the changelog, IE 9.0.2 fixes a total of 7 vulnerabilities, including 5 non security ones.
- The Internet Explorer 9 option “Ignore colors specified on webpages” does not remove background images on webpages
- Internet Explorer takes a long time to open a message in Outlook Web App
- The Save As dialog box disappears and the file is not saved when you try to download a file in Internet Explorer 9 to a network share on which you have Change permissions
- Pictures on a webpage are only partly displayed in Internet Explorer 8 when both IPv4 native sites and IPv4/IPv6 dual-stack sites exist in the network
- Internet Explorer 8 may stop responding when you browse some webpages in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2
The following update can be obtained via Windows Update.
The most recent build of Chromium, an open source web browser, has received a new UI designed specifically for tablets.
Although it’s still in an experimental stage and there is no confirmation whether we will see such UI integrated into the future versions of Google Chrome or Chrome OS, it provides an interesting glimpse of the upcoming changes.
If you are interesting in playing with the new user interface, be sure to adjust the GYP_DEFINES option accordingly: GYP_DEFINES=”touchui=1
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- Chrome OS Stable Channel Updates for Chromebooks
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Not sure how our moles could have missed that, but the stable version of Google Chrome 13 is now available and is ready for you to download.
The following release includes Instant Pages, a feature announced few months ago, which is explained in the video above.
Furthermore, Google Chrome 13 Stable includes a print preview feature as well as improved omnibox and other enhancements.
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.