Mozilla has released Firefox 5.0 web browser.
Three months following the release of Firefox 4.0, Mozilla has released the next incarnation of the browser in line with its new rapid development cycle.
It is important to note that Mozilla sees this release as a minor update for those already running Firefox 4.0.
Along with the desktop versions for Windows, Mac and Linux, there is also a version for Android.
Here's a list of changes:
- Added support for CSS animations
- The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to increase discoverability
- Tuned HTTP idle connection logic for increased performance
- Improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas
- Improved spell checking for some locales
- Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users
- WebGL content can no longer load cross-domain textures
- Background tabs have setTimeout and setInterval clamped to 1000ms to improve performance
- Fixed several stability issues
- Fixed several security issues
Complete list of changes here.
The known issues are worth bearing in mind, especially this one:
- For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual (see bug 579260)
I've been using the Firefox 5.0 beta for a few weeks now and while there aren't any major UI changes of features, it's been a rock-solid release as far as I can tell so I can't see any problems for people moving up from 4.0.
By the end of the summer Firefox 6.0 will be out, and a few months after that expect to see Firefox 7.0