Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Firefox 13 - Tech Tuesday

Hey all my dear readers! :) I hope you all are doing just great! :D Don't ask about the Summer Training, it's ridiculously boring! >_<

Anyways, it's Tuesday, or you may say Tech Tuesday as per Toxifier way! But before proceeding, I would like to say I have been part of a great discussion recently on the internet and would like to share it with you all, but that on Fromrum Friday, let's concentrate on our tech Tuesday for the time being.

So coming back to our original discussion, Firefox 13 is unleashed! *APPLAUSE* :D It's certainly better than it's predecessors, that means (if we don't talk about Firefox 4-7) Mozilla kept it's regime of giving out a better browser in each installment! :)

What's new about Firefox? Well, there always are ample amount of changes, but the most significant and easily recognizable ones for the users is the Speed Dial! The new Firefox 13 includes a redesigned New Tab page that shows you thumbnails of your frequently visited sites. The new addition, often dubbed Speed Dial in honor of Opera's take on the feature, has been a long time coming, as every other major browser has enjoyed some variation of it for quite some time now. For Firefox, it is new new new new new! :D

Moreover, it is easy to hide the Speed Dial.

A number of improvements that Mozilla has built into this new Firefox release find the browser playing catch-up, treading water, and forging ahead all at the same time. Another improvement apart from the Speed Dial is, the previous home page showed only a Google search bar and two small text links at the bottom of the screen, the new one includes large icons to give you easy access to downloads, bookmarks, history, add-ons, sync, and settings. You can access the home page at about:home.

Those changes are good and easily noticeable to the normal everyday user. But one move that will help Firefox immediately move ahead is its support for Google's SPDY protocol is now on by default. SPDY affects browsing in two ways, assuming you're loading a Web page that support it. It's a more secure successor to HTTP because it forces SSL encryption for all sites, and it's a faster protocol, too.

There's a number of reasons for that. Three of the major ones are that it can request multiple site elements over a single connection; it can assign priorities to those elements so more important ones show up first; and it can compress header data. So, if you're loading a site in Firefox that supports SPDY, it ought to finish loading much faster than otherwise. Two notable sites that support SPDY are Twitter.com and Google.com. Currently, only Chrome and Firefox work with SPDY.

On the performance backend, Firefox 13 makes a few adjustments that ought to result in a more pleasant browsing experience for most people. If you have multiple tabs load when Firefox starts, the browser will now only load the the Web page content of the active tab. This means that for heavy tab-abusers like myself, we'll be able to get started in the browser much faster.

The new version of the browser also does a better job at memory management and has shrunk its start-up time.

Developers tools also see a large batch of small improvements in Firefox 13, such as making recently opened but now closed panels reopen simultaneously so that tools re-appear en masse; and saving CSS files loaded locally without a save prompt for a faster workflow.

To download Firefox, Click Here.

I hope you like the article, all suggestions and comments are always welcomed! :) Hope to see you all soon again! :) I have got some work now, so I must take a leave! :) Good evening friends! Have a lot of fun! ^_^


  1. the new firefox is actually superb. nice post

    1. Yes! :D And thanks for the comments! :D

  2. Just got the 14th one for my laptop this morning but I mostly use Google Chrome in my lagging desktop and Safari for my ipad:)

    1. Hey Sherry! The 14th Firefox is actually Beta. It's not full version it is a under-testing version. Though 13.0.1 is the latest stable version released by Mozilla! :)

  3. Thank you for making this awesome and wonderful works of yours!!keep it up!
    Free software

    1. Your welcome and thanks for the visit and comment! will see you soon! :D


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