Mozilla’s Firefox 5 web browser officially launches today, “bringing together all kinds of awesomeness to make browsing better for you.” Here’s what’s new…
Firstly, there’s the “Awesome Bar“:
The new navigation bar allows you to access your favorite sites quicker then ever before — even if you don’t remember the full URLs. Type in your keywords and the autocomplete function will include matches from your browsing history, bookmarked sites, and open tabs — much like Apple’s Safari web browser.
Improved User Interface
Firefox 5’s new user interface boasts tabs that sit along the top of the browser, a dedicated bookmarks button for quick and easy access to your favorite sites, a simplified all-in-one reload and stop button embedded within the Awesome Bar, and a relocated home button that now sits to the navigation bar. For Windows and Linux users, all of the menu items are now located through one button for easy access.
Tabs & Panorama
Firefox 5 handles tabs in a whole new way and allow you to give your favorite sites — like webmail or your favorite social networking sites — a permanent home within the browser, with one-click access to each. When you open a new tab and begin typing an address into the Awesome Bar, Firefox will check that you don’t already have the site open within another tab — and if you do, it will redirect you to the existing tab so that you don’t have to open up another one. If you accidentally close a tab or window, you can now reopen it again with just one click.
A new feature called Panorama lets you drag & drop your tabs into manageable groups that you can organise, name, and arrange in a new visual way.
In addition to these great new features, Firefox 5 allows you to seamlessly sync your browsing history, passwords, and bookmarks with all of your devices. Its password manager will save your login credentials so that you don’t have to enter them each and every time, and its form complete feature will make it incredibly simple to fill out online web forms with your personal details.
Get your hands on Firefox 5 now by visiting the download page on Mozilla’s website.