Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and managed by Mozilla Corporation.
As of March 2012, Firefox has approximately 25% of worldwide usage share of web browsers, making it the third most widely used browser, according to different estimates. The browser has had particular success in Indonesia, Germany and Poland, where it is the most popular browser with 67%, 50% and 44% of the market share respectively.
Mozilla has now finalised the next version of their popular internet browser, Firefox 12 and is ready to download, although as of yet it hasn’t been officially publicised. Overall, there isn’t a huge amount of noticeable differences from the previous release but it is still recommended you update to the latest version.
For those curious to see what’s changed from version 11, which was released less than six weeks ago, here’s what’s new:
- Windows: Firefox is now easier to update with one less prompt (User Account Control)
- Page Source now has line numbers
- Line breaks are now supported in the title attribute
- Improvements to “Find in Page” to center search result
- URLs pasted into the download manager window are now automatically downloaded
- The column-fill CSS property has been implemented
- Support for the text-align-last CSS property has been added
- Experimental support for ECMAScript 6 Map and Set objects has been implemented
- Fixed where WebGL performance may be degraded on some OS X hardware
Just in case there are those still using Windows 2000, Windows XP RTM or XP Service Pack 1, Firefox 12 will be the last version of the browser from Mozilla to officially support those operating systems. Windows XP SP2 and above will only be supported in the next version of Firefox.
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