Firefox 12 Banishes the Endless Firefox Updates [Updated]

Compare Cost: Get 8 Free E-Commerce Design Bids
Compare: Web Design Calculator | Web Design Cost Guidelines

[Update: While this version of Firefox moves closer to the goal of having silent background updates like you'll find in Chrome; Firefox 12 isn't quite there yet. See the updates below for more details.]

Mozilla has released the final version of Firefox 12, which streamlines the update process and improves on the numerous developer tools that are now part of the popular open source browser.

If you’re already using Firefox there’s no need to do anything; you’ll be automatically updated later today. If you’d like to give Firefox 12 a try, head over to the Firefox downloads page and grab a copy.

Ever since Mozilla adopted a Chrome-style rapid release development cycle, Firefox fans have complained about the frequent updates and endless restarts Firefox requires. While Firefox 12 technically doesn’t change any of that, it does move the whole process to the background where most users will no longer notice it.

It used to be that while every Firefox update was downloaded in the background, it was installed on startup. That meant updates would delay Firefox’s startup time while the app applied the update’s changes, re-checked your add-ons and performed other upgrade tasks.

The new update system in Firefox 12 downloads and actually installs while Firefox is still running. It still requires a restart for the update to take effect, but now that should happen very quickly. So quickly, in fact, that Mozilla says you won’t even notice it.

[Correction: The background updating process is not part of Firefox 12; it will (possibly) be part of Firefox 13, due in six weeks. The only change in Firefox 12 is that Windows users won't be pestered by User Account Control (UAC) notices all the time. When you install Firefox 12, Windows UAC will ask you to approve the Firefox Software Updater. Once you do that Windows UAC won't ask again. In other words you won't have to approve every update. You will, however, have to wait for Firefox to install updates, check add-ons and all the rest just like you always have.]

Firefox 12 also packs in a slew of developer tool updates that improve on new built-in dev tools like the Web Console, Scratchpad, Style Editor, Page Inspector, Style Inspector and 3D Page Inspector. For more details on the various changes and improvements, check out the Mozilla Hacks blog.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:25:42 GMT
Tags: Browsers, firefox,


Internet Explorer Market Share Surges, as IE 9 Wins Hearts and Minds

The browser wars are back and Internet Explorer 9 is gaining converts. For the second time this year IE made large gains, picking up almost one point of market share while Chrome, Firefox, and Safari all lost out.

The Web Needs to Get Ready for the High-Resolution Future

The new iPad is just the first in a coming tidal wave of high-resolution screens. Today we have hacks, but what the web needs are new standards and new tools to make sure developers are ready for the high-resolution future.

Firefox for Windows 8 Beginning to Take Shape

Mozilla is making progress on a version of Firefox for the Windows 8 Metro interface, but bigger problems lie ahead. Microsoft's rules for the Metro environment allow for only one browser in Metro mode. By default that's Internet Explorer 10, which leav


Disable Flash With ‘Click-to-Play’ Option in Latest Firefox Preview

The latest Firefox preview gives users the option to disable Flash by default. Instead you can simply click-to-play whenever you encounter a Flash element you'd like to see. That way Flash only runs when you want it to.

Divide & Conquer Your Email With The Power of Gmail Aliases

4 Steps To Completely Remove Troublesome Or Bad Software [Windows]

The Absolute Best North Korea Documentaries On The Web [Stuff to Watch]

5 iPhone Apps That Will Help You Communicate In A Foreign Language [iOS]

Computer-controlled sun-screen systems - big hit for natural cooling in desert buildings

Article Tags
Freelance Designer News Articles
Web Apps & Internet

cool web apps
All Posts
iPhone / iPad / iPod
Google Android
Games & Gaming Tips
Web Design
Freelance Graphic & Web
social media
Cool Windows Apps & Tric