Mozilla Firefox is one of the earliest popular alternative browser to Internet Explorer and I have been using Firefox browser since it’s in version 2.0. Just in 3 months time after Firefox 4, the newest version Firefox 5 is released now and there are some great improvements and new features were added in terms of speed, security and performance.
Let’s learn what’s new in Firefox 5 now:
1) Added support for CSS animations
2) The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to increase discoverability
4) Improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas
5) Improved spell checking for some locales
6) Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users
7) Background tabs have setTimeout and setInterval clamped to 1000ms to improve performance
Now, watch the short video to get an overview what makes Mozilla Firefox so great and explore its popular features.
How well is Firefox 5 Compares to Firefox 4?
Better Speed and Less Memory Resource
Below screenshot shows the HTML5 test results for some popular browsers and Google Chrome takes the lead while Firefox 5 is sitting on the second with 286 scores.
Easy to Enable Do Not Track Feature
Do Not Track feature is being used to stop third-party tracking for behavioral advertising and it’s now easy to find on Firefox 5. Just go to Firefox Options >> Privacy >> Tracking (tick Tell web sites I do not want to be tracked).
Previously in Firefox 4, you need to go deeper to enable this feature. (Firefox Options >> Advanced >> General >> Browsing (tick Tell web sites I do not want to be tracked)
According to Mozilla official blog, Mozilla Firefox 5.0 is also the first web browser to support Do Not Track on multiple platforms including Firefox for Android.
How to Upgrade Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux
Just go under the “About Firefox” menu, click on “check for update” to auto upgrade to the latest version Firefox 5.0. Otherwise, you may download Firefox 5.0 installer from Firefox.com. For Android users, you can download the latest version of Firefox for Android from Android Market.
Firefox 5 is a must-installed web browser for internet users. I was impressed with its significant speed improvement and better security enhancement. Therefore, I can expect Firefox 5 will be a huge rival to other popular browsers such as Google Chrome, IE9, Opera and Safari.