After having some initial troubles getting my add-ons to work under Firefox 10 Aurora I had time to look at the changes and new features of this release.
Firefox 10 will be the next but one stable release of the web browser which means that stable channel users will have to wait about 12 weeks before they can upgrade their browser to this version.
The official release notes do not paint a pretty picture, new features are scarce. This becomes obvious when you look at the first new feature listed on the release notes page: The forward button is now hidden by default and becomes available only after the user has navigated back. This new change is only available for Windows users currently.
Other changes include anti-aliasing for WebGL, new CSS Style Inspector which can be helpful for web developers, integration of the new full screen API to build full screen web applications and support for CSS3 3D-Transforms.
That's not a lot and nothing to get to excited about. Sören Hentzschel discovered additional under the hood changes in the new browser version. The Customize option that allows Firefox users to drag and drop interface elements to another location is now highlighting screen elements that cannot be moved around.
Other changes include improvements in cursor key scrolling , a better Firefox Sync installation workflow and the ability to display statistics about HTML5 videos via right-click > Show Statistics.
The Firefox development team plans to integrate additional features into the release. Softpedia has published a list that includes a new tab page, better suggestions in the Firefox address bar, the ability to import settings and data from Google Chrome and silent updates which basically updates the web browser without user interaction, much like Google Chrome does.
Have you had the chance to play around with Firefox 10? If so, what is your impression of the web browser and your opinion on the new features introduced in the version?
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