Mozilla Releases Firefox 13.0

June 5, 2012

The Mozilla organization today released version 13.0 of its Firefox Web browser for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.  In addition to fixing numerous bugs, the new version incorporates some additional or changed features:

  • When a new tab is opened, you will get a list of your most frequently visited pages (rather than a blank page).  This is similar to the default behavior in Google Chrome.
  • A new default home page provides easier access to bookmarks, history, and other settings.
  • The SPDY protocol is now enabled by default, for sites that support it.  It was present, but disabled by default, in Firefox 12.0.
  • Smooth scrolling is now enabled by default.

Further information on these and other changes is available in the Release Notes.

You can obtain the new version via the built-in update mechanism (Help / About Firefox / Check for Updates), or you can download a complete installation package, in a variety of (human) languages.

Update Tuesday, June 5, 22:08 EDT

The “WebMonkey” blog at Wired has a brief review of the new features in Firefox 13.0.

Update Thursday, June 7, 15:25 EDT

This new release of Firefox also incorporates fixes for seven identified security vulnerabilities.  Four of these are rated as Critical severity, two are rated High, and one Moderate.

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