On Tuesday, Firefox 12 became the latest stable version of Mozilla’s flagship browser. As is typical in this age of short development cycles, Firefox 12 does not contain a whole lot of new functionality, but just the odd feature or two worth writing home about. Hit the jump for more.
Mozilla spent the development period leading up to this release mainly on improving the Firefox update experience. As a result, Firefox now has the ability to update itself automatically and silently. This is not only significant from the point of user experience, but is also aimed at remedying the fragmentation that mars Firefox’s install base. In case you want to turn off this feature, it’s easy to do so from Options > Advanced > Updates.
“We put a lot of work into making the Firefox update experience easier,” Mozilla said in a blog post yesterday. “Firefox simplifies the update process for Windows users by removing the user account control dialog (UAC) pop-up while maintaining the security of your system. Once a user gives explicit permission to Firefox on their first installation, they will not be prompted again for subsequent releases.”
If you are a developer, there’s plenty to look forward to as Mozilla has made over 85 improvements to the browser’s built-in developer tools.