Firefox 16 final has been released by Mozilla. While the stable version has been updated on the Firefox site, all other builds including beta, aurora and nightly builds have also moved one version forward to 17, 18 and 19 respectively.
The biggest feature change has been the incremental garbage collection. This feature will make Firefox more responsive and more stable when opening lots of tabs and windows. Firefox 16 also includes the initial web app support. Here’s the explanation of web app support from Mozilla:
Web apps are apps built using standard Web technologies. They work in any modern Web browser, and can be developed using your favorite tools. Some characteristics that distinguish Web apps from websites: Apps are installed by a user, they are self-contained and don’t always require the chrome of a browser window, and they can be built to run offline. Gmail, Twitter, and Etherpad are Web apps.
Two new localizations have been added to the Firefox multilingual support. These include Acholi and Kazakh.
There are also some known issues that may be fixed in the later versions of Firefox. These include:
- If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, it will crash
- For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual
- Windows: The use of Microsoft’s System Restore functionality shortly after updating Firefox may prevent future updates
- Pointer lock doesn’t work in web apps
To read about all the new and fixed features, visit Firefox 16 release notes.
If you are already using Firefox, you may go to the Firefox menu –> Help –> About Firefox and check for updates to automatically install the latest stable build of Firefox. Otherwise download firefox from the direct download links below:
These are download links for English en-US locale. If you want to install a localized version of Firefox 16, you may download it from here.