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The Improved Firefox 13

With Firefox 13, Mozilla on improving speed, delivering quicker access to the most used features of the browser, and providing a "reset button" to instantly fix things should something go wrong.
By Howard Wen
Slideshow Jul 12th 2012
  • With Firefox 13, Mozilla developers focused on improving its speed (in startup and while downloading pages), delivering quicker access to the most used features of the browser, and providing a "reset button" to instantly fix things should something go wrong.

  • New home page: Along with the Mozilla-branded Google search box, the default home page of Firefox 13 has icons set along the bottom in a bar that lead to some of its functions: Downloads, Bookmarks, History, Add-ons, Sync, Settings and Restore Previous Session.

  • Newly opened tab shows your most visited sites: Firefox 13 will determine the nine Web addresses you visit the most and present thumbnails for them whenever you open a new tab. There isn't an option to manually set a specific Web address to be listed here.

  • Faster startup: With Firefox 13, Only when you click on a tab in the background, bringing it to the foreground for viewing, will the Web address for it be loaded. This tab-loading functionality is this way by default and cannot be changed directly in the browser's settings.

  • Smooth scrolling by default: Smooth scrolling enabled on a browser running on a low-end, slow processor can look sluggish and distracting; smooth scrolling switched off on a faster processor can make scrolling throughout a page look jarring and jumpy.

  • Faster page loading thanks to SPDY: By default, Firefox 13 now recognizes SPDY. SPDY was devised in part to more effectively push data through mobile networks, so you might see sites loading faster if you use Firefox 13 on a notebook with a 3G or 4G/LTE connection.

  • Improved developer tools: Four tools for developers built into Firefox have been updated - Page Inspector, Scratchpad, Style Editor and Style Inspector. Mozilla lists 72 total improvements to these and other developer tools.

  • Firefox reset: "Reset Firefox" fixes your installation of the browser by building a new profile for you, yet retaining some of the data from your old one, which include bookmarks, cookies, browsing history, saved form history and saved passwords.

Source: Network World (US)

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