With the launch of Firefox 12, the aurora version of Firefox 13 has been launched. Firefox 13 comes with more advanced features in addition to Firefox 12. Firefox 13 is scheduled to be in Aurora for 6 weeks and then it will be moved to beta and the final version will be released in about 12 weeks in total. Firefox 13 will come with a lot of new features and enhancements to the current features and functionality.
Firefox 13 comes with the auto updater function. This means that most of the updates in Firefox 13 will silently update in background without annoying the user.
Firefox 13 also has a reset browser feature which will be useful for the installations of Firefox which become corrupt. Now you can reset Firefox settings to their default values using the reset feature.
Firefox 13 comes with a completely redesigned home page and the new tab page. If you open a new tab in Firefox 13, you will see the thumbnails of recently opened web pages as well as most frequently visited sites.
The new awesome bar in Firefox 13 will automatically complete the URLs as you are typing saving you a few keystrokes and time.
The SPDY protocol comes enabled by default in Firefox 13 for faster browsing on supported sites.
Technically speaking, here is the list of new features in Firefox 13:
- When opening a new tab, users are now presented with their most visited pages
- The Awesome Bar now auto-completes typed URLs
- SPDY protocol now enabled by default for faster browsing on supported sites
- Restored background tabs are not loaded by default for faster startup
- Smooth scrolling is now enabled by default
- The default home page now has quicker access to bookmarks, history, settings, and more
- 72 total improvements to Page Inspector, HTML panel, Style Inspector, Scratchpad and Style Editor
- Support for the CSS3 background-position property extended syntax has been added
- The :invalid pseudo-class can now be applied to the element
- The CSS turn <angle> unit is now supported
Note: I will be updating this article with the new releases of Firefox 13 and will be giving the download link of the latest build of Firefox 13.
Update: Even though Firefox 13 is scheduled to be released on 5th of June officially, the final version of Firefox 13 has already been placed on Mozilla’s FTP servers. I have updated the link below and you can download Firefox 13 final version right now.
Download Firefox 13 Final