Firefox 5 stable version has just been released yesterday. Here is a overview of what new features you will be seeing in this new browser.
For starters, after you download and install the browser, you will notice no major change has been done to the interface. It still carries the good old Firefox 4 look. Now lets jot down the pros and cons and you yourself decide whether you really want to upgrade to 5 or not!
- Do-Not-Track feature is taken care of and is easily accessible via the preferences section allowing a greater deal of control over cookie storage.
- Browsing the web is a lot faster compared to the previous version. According to a test conducted at PCW, Firefox 5 even beat Chrome and Opera in terms of both speed and efficiency. Firefox 5 continued to work smoothly even with 25 websites opened.
- No major change in its interface. Carries the same GUI as seen in its predecessor.
- Add-on incompatibility. Many add-ons are not supported in Firefox 5. I myself checked out that the Google Toolbar extension had been automatically disabled because of incompatibilty.
- Hogs a large amount of memory in a Linux environment resulting in a slow and draggy performance. I have tested the new Firefox 5 stable build on Ubuntu only to find out thats it still hangs off on me.
I give Firefox 5 an OK for a upgrade. Yes there are a few minor bugs, but i think the Pros section holds a stronger stand than the Cons. Firefox 5 also features a new Add-on SDK kit which will prove a lot helpful for the add-on developers.
Also Mozilla is claiming Firefox 5 to be the first browser to debut the Rapid release cycle giving out many browser updates over the year.
Drop a comment if you found this review helpful. Also tell us what you thought of this new version of Firefox, is it good enough?