The new version of the popular browser from Mozilla, Firefox, wasn’t expected that early, but, nevertheless, it magically popped out around the web. So, even before the official release, a few websites boasted the latest variant of Firefox and offered it for download. The newcomer, Firefox 11, features a couple of new updates compared with its predecessor Firefox 10.

If you’re extra curious of seeing what goodies Firefox 11 brings along wrapped around its tail, then read on.

What is New in Firefox 11?

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Most of the changes seem to deal with developer issues and mostly do not hit a lot average user connected chords.  What will be the most visible change for the basic user? Well, with the new browser comes the ability to sync add-ons across multiple computers that use Firefox Sync. We didn’t hear anything about JavaScript performance, improvement that has been made in Firefox 9.

Firefox 11 Comes With HTML 5 Changes, 3D View and Goodies for Developers

Another novelty consists in new HTML5 video controls. Importing bookmarks, history and cookies from Google Chrome has become available. One annoying Growl 1.3 notification bug has also been fixed. There’s good news for Android system users, too. Apparently, from now on, Adobe Flash player (which still has a future) is now supported within the browsers for Android 2.3 and earlier. Support for Android 3.0 is also expected in the future. Users might also notice the improved speed of Firefox 11, not to mention browsing has become now even more secure. And that’s where the line ends for non-professionals.

For developers, the list goes on with some extra specs. Like the fact that the CSS-text-size-adjust property has been enabled or that the outer HTML feat is now supported on HTML elements. Professionals will be able to appreciate other improvements such as files being stored in IndexedDB or the fact that Websockets have been unprefixed. Web developers get a treat as well – they can now visualize a web page in 3D using the Page Inspector 3D View.  Bottom line, it seems the new version has something to offer to technical users as well as those who are in it just for the fun of it. To sum up, here are the main updates:

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  • Sync Add-ons on multiple computers with Firefox Sync
  • Importing bookmarks, cookies and history from Chrome
  • Growl 1.3 bug fixed
  • Improved speed
  • View web page in 3D
  • Redesigned media controls for HTML5 video
  • Support for Google’s SPDY protocol

Some issues still remained, though:

  • If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, it will crash (see 573369)
  • For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual (see 579260)
  • Some synaptic touch pads are unable to vertical scroll (see 622410)
  • OS X: WebGL performance may be degraded on some hardware (see 713305)
  •  Windows: The use of Microsoft’s System Restore functionality shortly after updating Firefox may prevent future updates (see 730285)

Download Firefox 11

If you use Firefox, you should automatically get an update. But, if you are eager to try out Firefox 11, you can force an update by clicking help > about Firefox. If you are a brand new user, and you want to see if downloading Firefox 11 will make you get in love with the red fox, follow the links from below. You can head over to this page and even choose your own language.

Download Firefox 11 [Windows]
Download Firefox 11 [Mac]
Download Firefox 11 [Linux]

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