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Firefox 5 released: Overview of Pros and Cons


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.

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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!

PROS:

  • 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.
  • Firefox 5 has fixed many major bugs like HTTP idle connection bug. It has also added extra level of security to its Web-based Graphic Library. Improved support for HTML5, Javascript and CSS animations. Additional support of the new iPv6 protocol.

CONS:

  • 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.

VERDICT:

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.

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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.

Download Mozilla Firefox 5.0 for Windows!

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?

  • Thanks for highlighting the key points, i wont be updating unless am forced to because of the break in functionality of some plug-in.

  • Just upgraded this morning, found that all my add-on’s where not compatible. Seem to be going a bit faster have not tested it against chrome yet. Still working on my first cup of java.

    • yes that’s the bad thing about it…addon incompatibility. i m trying to make the best out of it. glad u r a java programmer! 🙂

  • Dom

    Ben j’ai fait l’erreur d’être testeur de la 5 et je voudrais bien revenir à la version 4 …trop de bugs bien gênants, comme poster sur certains forums….:(

  • I haven’t used FF for quite a long time now. I would like to try this new version of FF and see if I will no longer experience same trouble using its previous versions.