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Firefox 31 FINAL

Firefox 31 adds the search function to the new tab page and more

by Nick Peers

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 22 July 2014
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Developer: Mozilla
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Firefox 31 FINAL
Firefox 31 adds the search function to the new tab page and more

Not everyone gets by with the default browser on their computer, and when it comes to picking an alternative, Firefox is one of the most popular out there, having clawed back support from upstart rivals like Google Chrome and Opera in recent years by switching to a rapid release cycle, ensuring major new versions of the browser are released every six weeks.

It’s true to say that individual updates often fail to deliver anything substantial, but cumulatively they roll together to produce a web browser that is radically different to the one – version 4 – that marked the start of a new era back in 2011.

Some of the landmark new features we’ve seen include a per-site Permissions Manager, enhanced Sync options, tabs on demand, silent updates and add-on enhancements. We also saw the launch of specific development branches including UX, which has led to the new Australis user interface, which sees a streamlined tab, revamped menu and customisation features.

One group particularly well served by the rapid release cycle have been developers, and a plethora of tools from Javascript Scratchpad (Firefox 6) to full-blown Developer Toolbar (Firefox 16) have worked their way into successive builds as Firefox courts this important community of users.

And underpinning this all are a constantly evolving set of performance improvements, standards support (HTML5 and CSS3 are constantly being added to, for instance) and bug fixes.

Firefox 31 is now in the stable channel. Improvements/changes include:

- Add the search field to the new tab page
- mozilla::pkix as default certificate verifier (learn more)
OdinMonkey: Use backtracking allocator for asm.js style code
Integration of generational garbage collection
Partial implementation of the OpenType MATH table(section 6.3.6) see documentation about mathematical fonts and the MathML Torture Test for details
- audio/video .ogg and .pdf files handled by Firefox if no application specified (Windows only)

Verdict:

Firefox 30 is a a relatively minor update, withsupport for GStreamer and other improvements.

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Posted by: Sharings.org, 01 May 2014 17:59

I love this browser. Because it has a number of Add-ons and much more facilities.

Autralis... the new iterface for FireFox.....

Posted by: George Melendez, 29 April 2014 14:21

Well I just got the new FF Australis interface page and, to tell you the truth, it really doesn't look that bad. Actually it might take a little time to get accustomed to but it seems okay. The whole problem is that we are accustomed to do things a certain way and when change and new technologies arrive we resent the fact that we might have to "start all over again" and that's understandable. As part of our learning habits that is not unusual at all. Changes and innovation are usually difficult for us to accept and "learned habits" is just part of our psychological traits on how we think and act so, if you really think about it, after awhile, getting accustomed to the new FF is really no big deal. Sure we've lost a few things that we liked on our homepage, but can you imagine if we still had the "original FireFox" and all that "old technology"??? Let me put it this way, I can remember the first car I had a 1963 Chevy Impala and no AC. Do you think that I would change my 2012 Lexus GS 350 for the "old, trustworthy and beauty" of the Impala??? Yeah, it's a nostalgic felling I guess and I loved that Impala but you get the idea. I got over it and I'm sure that you will too. Technology and innovation has it's sacrifices but the positives out weight the lost.... so I welcome you Australis and thanks FireFox for a job well done.......

Firefox 29 has new look

Posted by: Siken Man Dangol, 29 April 2014 07:34

I have been using Firefox and Chrome together. I like Firefox for its many useful extensions. Now with version 29 it has new look.

Firefox

Posted by: Edward, 06 August 2013 21:57

It's really a shame that in a 64bit world that Firefox only supports 32bit, for this reason I do not use it and I too have been using Pale Moon because they support 64bit systems.

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