Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Firefox 23 is here!

Firefox 23 has been released. Even if your browser doesn't show the update just yet, it is actually released and is available. After 1 month from the last stable version 22 release and a lengthy number of beta releases the new version appeared with quite some changes for the users. If you are a stable version user then the first thing of surprise would surely be the logo of new Firefox among the important changes it brought along.

Firefox 23 at .NeXT

Mozilla has updated their open source most popular web browsing application Firefox just a few hours back. As it was evident from the beta releases throughout the last few weeks there has been numerous changes of functionality and of course the look of Firefox icon.

Firefox 23 screenshot at .NeXT

Changes in this new release:

NEW:
  • Mixed content blocking enabled to protects users from man-in-the-middle attacks and eavesdroppers on HTTPS pages (learn more)
  • Options panel created for Web Developer Toolbox

CHANGED:
  • "Enable JavaScript" preference checkbox has been removed and user-set values will be reset to the default
  • Updated Firefox Logo
  • Improved about:memory's functional UI
  • Simplified interface for notifications of plugin installation
  • Enabled DXVA2 on Windows Vista+ to accelerate H.264 video decoding
  • Users can now switch to a new search provider across the entire browser
  • CSP policies using the standard syntax and semantics will now be enforced
  • <input type='file'> rendering improvements (see bug 838675)
  • Replace fixed-ratio audio resampler in webrtc.org capture code with Speex resampler and eliminate pseudo-44000Hz rate
  • "Load images automatically" and Always show the tab bar" checkboxes removed from preferences and reset to defaults

DEVELOPER:
  • HTML5 <input type="range"> form control implemented
  • Write more accessible pages on touch interfaces with new ARIA role for key buttons
  • Social share functionality
  • Added unprefixed requestAnimationFrame
  • Implemented a global browser console
  • Dropped blink effect from text-decoration: blink; and completely removed <blink> element
  • New feature in toolbox: Network Monitor

FIXED:

  • Various security fixes

Download Firefox 23 here: mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/fx/#desktop

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