Firefox 6 Is Out; New Features Geared Towards Developers


Firefox 6 was slated for release on the 16th of this month but was made available sans an official announcement some two days early. If you’re a hardcore Firefox fan you will notice absolutely nothing noticeable in the new release. The latest version boasts faster speeds, better loading of Panorama (tab groups) and better more convenient syncing. The release has more bug fixes than it has new features and the only solitary and truly noticeable cosmetic change is that the domain names are now highlighted in the URL bar.

Firefox 6

The latest Firefox versions fixes over 1000 bugs but adds very few new features. It claims to have faster start up time (more than 20%) and improved performance on Linux. While the new version may not have much for regular users, it has more to offer developers with Scratch, an interactive environment for testing out JavaScript. The feature is available in the Web Development menu. The new version has better support for HTML5.


Want to try it out? Grab a version for your operating system from Mozilla’s servers.

Download Firefox 6

  • TomSr

    I really don’t think v 6.0 is ready for prime-time. On one of my PCs I upgraded and now Flash SWF files no longer work, even with the latest Flash Player installed.

    I’m glad I didn’t fall for the bait on my main computer.

  • APB

    I upgraded FF to 6.0, and it fails to terminate itself when closed. Whenever I need to open a new instance I need to kill it in task manager to get the application activated.

  • DCC

    I actually unloaded FF5 as it was taking twice the amount of memory as FF3 with the same tabs open. It kept crashing more times then FF3 had. Over 1000 bug fixes? I may wait till 6.0.1x before i try to “take the leap” again.