I'm probably not the only user who thinks that the increase in Firefox builds has made it difficulty to keep up to date with the latest features and improvements. Just like Google Chrome, it has gotten to a point where I'm less interested in keeping track of the development progress. The main reason for that is that it requires more work to stay up to date with development of all different channels.
Sometimes however it is still worth taking a look at a specific new version. The Aurora build of Firefox has jumped to version 6 yesterday and it comes with a big list of improvements over previous versions of the web browser.
The one that has been talked about the most up to this point is a new data management window which can be opened by entering about:permissions in the Firefox address bar.
It can be used to control the access that individual websites have. This includes permissions to cookies, password and offline storage or location based information.
A link to Mozilla's Plugin Check page has been added to the plugin tab of the Firefox add-on manager to give users a direct option to check for plugin updates in the browser.
Firefox users who make use of Panorama to group tabs benefit from faster startup times by "allowing power Panorama users to load saved tab groups only when using Panorama".
Web developers can now access a Web Developer menu under the aurora menu, or Tools menu if the old menubar is displayed in the Firefox 6 browser.
Additional support for HTML5 elements have been added, which improve the HTML5 Test score.
Firefox users who are already running Aurora should receive update notifications soon. Users who do not want to wait can check for new updates from the Help > About Aurora menu.
Users who do not run Aurora yet can download the latest release manually from the Future of Firefox website.
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