Security and Developer Improvements are Focus of New Firefox 6

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Firefox 6 has been released, continuing Mozilla's new rapid-release schedule and offering a number of new features -- although, some say, perhaps not quite a full version's worth.

Mozilla is sticking to its new timetable; the newest Firefox comes only eight weeks after the release of Firefox 5. In those two months, the changes and fixes ready for the Firefox 6 deadline have numbered some 1300 in all.

Making up the bulk of the list of changes are many stability and security issues -- useful and gratifying, if not necessarily exciting. However, there are some obvious changes in the look of the address bar; the address text itself will now emphasize the current domain name (actually, in much the same way as Chrome or IE9), and off to the right users will see another change: the so-called "site identity block" which will provide the basic encryption, verification, and ownership details of any given page.

For more page-specific security options, users can now type "about:permissions" into the address bar and access a number of whitelisting/ blacklisting options. Users can now specify which web sites are deemed worthy to set cookies and open popups, as well as access user passwords and location data.

Anyone who thinks that Firefox is looking and acting more like Chrome as time goes on will find more evidence in the increased focus on Firefox sync. While some of the features had existed in previous versions, Firefox 6 makes sharing bookmarks and passwords (and even browser history) much more streamlined.

Panorama users should see significantly reduced startup times and overall speed increases.

Mozilla also made a number of improvements that developers should appreciate, including the new Web Developer entry in the menu, and a more usable Web Console. JavaScript developers in particular are well served with the new interactive Scratchpad prototyping environment. Additionally, Firefox 6 features better support for things like the latest draft version of WebSockets with a prefixed API, EventSource / server-sent events, and window.matchMedia.

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